GO Serve Someone!
As I have had leadership positions for the past 26 years I have come to learn the importance of servant leadership.
Our culture screams at us to serve our self, talk about our self, post on social media about our self (or our kids) and our actions are declared good if whatever we do (good or bad) benefits us at the end. When people serve themselves they may receive a benefit in the short term for themselves but in the long run, it brings no benefit to anyone. It leaves the selfish person empty and the action of selfishness hurts others around them.
In Philippians 2 Paul challenges his readers to be like-minded having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. That is a challenge for a person in whatever leadership position they hold. Getting people to have the same love and purpose is difficult. We so love ourselves and we only want to be a part of something if “I” receive an immediate benefit or it benefits ” me ” in the long run. Getting people to surrender their goals/desires to be a part of something bigger than themselves is counter-cultural. The purpose/focus is the difference in helping people surrender. We are given the example of Christ Jesus in Philippians 2:5-11 of ” emptying oneself”. Once your purpose/focus is clear it is easier to deny yourself and serve others.
If we see our purpose on this earth is to glorify/please God then that should affect our responses. In Philippians 2:3 we are commanded to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit”. How easy is it to do something for someone and we do not get a “thank you” or recognition and we get all irritated and upset. This response shows that even though the action is good our motivation is self-centered. True serving is to serve others and not be concerned if “I” receive credit or recognition. We need leaders to serve with the proper motivation in the effort to better their people/organization.
Serving others as a leader empowers people. It makes people want to be a part of something that is bigger than them self. In order to serve others, your focus as a leader must be on others and not yourself. You need to spend time with people in your organization/group/team and get to know them because you genuinely care about them. You are sensitive to their needs and look for ways to meet their needs. Sometimes it is an encouraging word/note, sometimes it is a tough conversation. As a result of people knowing you care and you are looking out for their best interest they surrender and trust is built. When this type of environment is created it is special. You hear how certain teams peak at the right time, they all talk about sacrificing for the team and they do it willingly! They are happy to do so for the good of the group.
We all need to question ourselves daily so that we can lead in a way that is effective.
Basically, what I am saying is GO SERVE SOMEONE.