I was honored this weekend with the opportunity to provide the message for my nephew’s wedding ceremony. Preparing, I asked myself what I would want any young couple to know as they started this important relationship as a man and wife.
I found myself focusing on key aspects and attributes of servant leadership.
What does it mean to live your leadership life to the fullest? Servant leaders are constantly raising the bar; working at being the best leader they can be for the people they are serving.
Over the years, I have encountered many leaders. I believe all of them were striving to live their leadership life to the fullest. However many of them were focused in the wrong area.
I hope you all had a fabulous Independence Day Weekend and took some time to rejuvenate. This weekend was just what the doctored ordered for me! I have been running pretty hard, and was starting to feel it. I have found it important to intentionally schedule some time in my schedule to re-group and grab some time to catch up on rest and relaxation time.
With the 4th of July landing on a Friday this year, I found this weekend as the perfect opportunity to re-charge my battery.
Too often I find myself going through life as if I am in a race. I feel as soon as I get the next project done, I can take a deep breath and relax. Unfortunately while I am racing, I pass by numerous opportunities to add value to people, because I am so focused on finishing.
I think this is an attribute of a self-serving leader as opposed to a servant leader. Servant leaders view life as a journey, something that is never completed, but to be enjoyed and cherished along the way. They take time to be present with people, supporting them, and providing for their needs.
Great idea in theory but how do I implement? Have you ever been left with this thought? Last weeks’ blog topic arose from a question by a Leadership Roundtable participant. Seeing that people had questions, I decided to ask my valued TLS subscribers in our weekly newsletter for other ideas so I could continue to provide the value they are looking for. I received the following question that I am addressing today:
“One area where I feel challenged is keeping our Purpose and Values discussions fresh within our team. I would welcome any suggestions and ideas on this subject.”
I recently read an article touting a 41-year profitability streak for Southwest Airlines. This is unheard of in the airline industry. What separates Southwest Airlines from the pack? I believe it is CULTURE! As anyone who has flown SW Airlines knows, you could be blindfolded and know you were on a Southwest flight versus one of the other airlines just by how you are treated and addressed.
A culture like this is built intentionally, it does not happen by accident. A primary responsibility of a leader is to elevate the values of an organization. Focus in this area will lead to the desired culture.
You can have all the talent in the world, but it might not equate to success. Teamwork is the key!
I have good friends whose daughter’s relay team won the MN High School State Championship in the 4×100 Relay this weekend. When they asked for prayers for their team, they did not ask people to pray for them to run the fastest, they asked for coverage on the baton exchanges.
I have recently started taking golf lessons knowing full well I have a long ways to go in achieving my personal value of “Commitment to Excellence” in this area. There are so many kinks and hitches in my swing I was ready for an hour long session of sensory overload in fixes to focus and work on.
To my surprise my golf coach picked one aspect of my swing to work on. There were over 20 different areas he initially saw that needed improvement, but he FOCUSED ON ONE. He did not want my mind confused with trying to improve everything at once.
Are you taking the 35 Days of Encouragement Challenge? I have been very inspired by the comments from people that started the challenge last week. It is exciting to see how it has impacted them in the first few days of the challenge.
I am taking the challenge as well. I have always felt that there is not much more important on a leader’s plate after insuring that purpose, vision, and values are well articulated and constantly communicated than being an encourager. Lifting people up, building their self-esteem at every interaction will lead to a very productive environment in which people will thrive.
Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today…”