How do you define “leadership?” I find it rather curious that so many people in leadership roles seem almost puzzled at first when asked to define leadership. Given a moment or two, most come up with something that might sound good in a textbook, yet it doesn’t illustrate what a leader truly does and certainly doesn’t inspire others to try anything new.
One of the best definitions I’ve read of late comes from noted British author Simon Sinek who says, “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” Read that a few times and let it sink in. Taking care of others…
When John returns from vacation, he’ll continue to discuss his experiences practicing servant leadership. But whether we’re talking about valuing diverse opinions, cultivating trust, empathizing with others, listening and being aware, thinking you – not me, acting with humility, or any of the other tenets of servant leadership, we often find it challenging because we lack a plan or are unsure where to begin.
Over the next week, use principles 22 – 30 as a guide. I assure you they’re not as simple as they might seem at first glance. Yet when we apply them with consistency, not only do we lay the foundation to be servant leaders, we do a much better job of taking care of those in our charge.
Please send me a note to let me know how it goes.