Who do you think of when you think of a servant leader?
What are the traits of a servant leader?
Is it possible for an entire organization to have these characteristics?
I love to watch baseball. Live, up close: Hearing the “thwack!” of the bat making contact, feeling the crowd take a collective breath as a ball heads for the outfield, peering through the dust to see if the runner made it to home plate. There is something incredibly different about being there versus watching it on television. It’s just not the same reading about the game in the newspaper the next morning.
“Servant leaders give more in value than they receive.” -Skip Prichard
Make the Choice to Learn
When I was young, I had the extraordinary opportunity to watch a different game. It was also live and up close. It was servant leadership at home. My parents literally took people in from all walks of life, individuals who needed a place to heal for all sorts of reasons. That childhood experience taught me the incredible lessons of a servant leader. There’s nothing better than watching servant leaders in action, in person, live in the game.
It was early in my life when I started studying leadership. Attending seminars and listening to teaching became a success habit. Even more importantly, I realized what I didn’t know, what I had to learn, what I was missing. I became determined to learn from those who were further along the leadership journey than I was. Because of this, I began to seek out leaders and ask them questions.
What I’ve learned is that learning is a choice. The most successful people I meet are constantly learning. They realize that they don’t have all the answers.
Look for Opportunities to Learn and Share
I’ve run a few global companies and, as the CEO, have hit home runs and have also struck out. Still, I’m always excited to keep improving my game. The learning continues.
Launching this blog a few years ago, I decided to share what I am learning from my own experiences, from books I read, and from thought leaders in many industries. Many of you have said these articles have helped you, but the real beneficiary has been me. I learn to be a better leader every time I share one of these ideas. And I also learn from your comments and engagement and the relationships I have established online.
Leaders realize that sharing and giving to others paves the way for more opportunities. It reinforces ideas and opens unexpected doors.
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“Servant leaders are not doormats, nor do they take on all of the work.” -Skip Prichard
“A servant leader takes care of himself in order to take care of others.” -Skip Prichard
“Servant leaders do not falsely take credit nor practice fake modesty.” -Skip Prichard
“A servant leader often realizes that she benefits as much from giving as the receiver.” -Skip Prichard