While digging through an app on my phone, I ran across a paragraph that prompted a few questions worth pondering, no matter what role you are called to serve in an organization. And, drafting those questions immediately made me think of the term, servant leadership.
If you’re not familiar with servant leadership, here’s a quick review:
“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types.
The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?” (Source)
When you walk into new position, you have to ask yourself, are you willing to serve? Here’s another way of looking at the servant-leader:
He is willing to do the unpopular jobs, the jobs he might think are beneath him, the jobs that no-one else sees, that are left when everyone else has gone home. That is leadership, whether you are labeled a leader or not. (Source: BibleGateway app)
Here’s an idea. Make an online form–Google Form or Excel Online–and have your team respond to the questions…then see how they differ from each other.
- What are the unpopular jobs in your organization?
- What are the jobs others think are beneath them?
- What are the jobs that need doing that no one wants to do?
- How do you seek out new jobs like the ones alluded to in the preceding questions?