A Servant Leader’s Harvest

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Fall is my favorite time of the year in Minnesota. There is nothing like the cool, crisp fresh air and sunshine against the color of the leaves in the trees.

Fall is a time of harvest. A time for celebration that all the hard work has paid off with a great crop. It is also a time of preparation for the upcoming winter. Birds migrate south, bears hibernate, and people in the north bring in their boats and lawn furniture.

This reminds me of how preparation, harvest, and celebration play into the life of a servant leader.

Preparation is obviously critical. I just watched Peyton Manning set the all time record for most touchdown passes in an NFL career. The announcers were talking about the meticulous preparation he does that leads to his success.

Servant leaders prepare for what is ahead as well. They set the foundation for the upcoming season, insuring full understanding of the organization’s purpose, vision, and values.  They insure people are properly trained for the tasks ahead.  They make sure everyone understands what is expected of them. When proper plans are in place, things go well, and people achieve their goals.

It also made me reflect on what a servant leader’s harvest looks like. What is it that they celebrate after all the planning, preparation, and hard work has paid off.

Servant leaders celebrate:

  • People that focus on purpose, vision, and values
  • People that feel and understand the importance of their work
  • Empowered people
  • New levels of achievement in key responsibility areas
  • High performing teams
  • Relationships
  • People that focus on the behaviors of love to build their character
  • People that prioritize their life’s activities – Faith / Family / Career

The items on this list might make for a good scorecard for a leader who desires to serve. I will guarantee you that if you focus on this list of items for your harvest as a leader, you won’t have to worry about the performance of your team. Your team will produce a bumper crop!!

How are you doing in each of these areas this fall season?

Mark

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Ignited by a Purpose

Purpose is the Rock to Build Your

Last week I talked about the importance of discerning a political candidate’s purpose before deciding to vote for them. I would like to share more about what is so important about purpose in the life of a leader.

I recently ran across a definition of leadership that I absolutely love. In his book “The Power of Character in Leadership”, Dr. Miles Munroe defines leadership this way:

How Well Do You Know Your Candidate?

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Have you noticed we are moving towards crunch time of election season? The U.S. National Elections are just a few weeks away and candidates seem to be working overtime garnering support from voters.

How serious do you take your role as a voter? I think this is a very important time to do your due diligence in understanding the candidates and how well they would do as a leader.

The Culture Engine

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I am excited to announce that my long time personal coach, Chris Edmonds, is launching his latest book this week, “The Culture Engine”. I had the opportunity to learn from Chris on a first hand basis, which I count as real blessing. He taught me how to build a purpose-driven, values-based culture.  I can attest to the fact that his methodology works! It transformed my outlook on the importance of leadership and the positive impact that effective leaders have on organization and team effectiveness.

In “The Culture Engine”, Chris has done an outstanding job of clearly outlining the process of how to be intentional about building your desired culture within an organization or intact team.  He provides tools to assess the current state of your culture, as well as a step-by-step process on how to build your desired culture. He pulls no punches, that this is not easy work, but promises it will be the most significant work that you will ever do. Having personally put his processes to work during my career I can attest to the effectiveness of the methods and tools provided in this book.

What Are You Allowing in Your Presence?

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How often have you heard of the importance of embracing the values and “walking the talk” as a leader? It is certainly extremely important. In fact your actions as a leader help the desired culture of the organization or team come alive. It illustrates to people what you are looking for from a values and behaviors perspective.

However, it is more complicated than just modeling the values as a leader. A while back, I had a veteran of the Navy share with me something he learned from his Captain on a submarine during a tour in the Pacific Ocean. He said it was one of the most important leadership lessons that he learned while in the Navy.

Keep it Simple

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Have you ever had a teacher/leader/coach/parent attempt to give you direction with a painfully long-winded description and when they finish you’re left scratching your head.  You proceed to ask for clarification by paraphrasing what you think they meant in a single sentence and they reply with “exactly”….  Well why didn’t they just say that in the first place?

Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly.

Great Example For All

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I have the great honor to speak at the Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM) Conference and Annual Meeting this week. I can’t think of a better group of people to talk to about servant leadership. It will be like “Preaching to the Choir”.

HCAM represents 100 health care auxiliaries in Minnesota totaling in excess of 22,000 persons volunteering in services to hospitals and long-term care facilities. These volunteer services represent statewide more than 1.5 million hours at a total estimated value of $34.2 million on an annual basis.

Sustainable Passion Needs To Be Activated – Guest Post by Mark Miller

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This week marks the official launch of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Secret, by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller. Ken and Mark have had a profound impact on my Leadership Point of View so I am very proud to help them promote the launch of the updated edition of this outstanding book on servant leadership.

In The Secret, you will learn about time-tested truths that great leaders know and do. In this updated version they included an appendix with frequently asked leadership questions, as well as an assessment to aid you in your journey towards servant leadership.

Blowing With the Wind Is Not an Option

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I’ve lived in MN for 27 years and I continue to marvel at the variability of our weather. Three days ago it was very hot, with no wind, a perfect lake day. Yesterday, people were in their sweatshirts as it had dropped to the low 60’s with high winds. Today, back in the upper 80’s with a light breeze out of the south. Stick around it will change again tomorrow. It certainly makes for an interesting job for weather forecasters.

Servant leaders are just the opposite of the weather in MN. They are predictable and consistent.