Have you ever heard the following phrases? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” or “I do it that way because that’s the way it’s always been done”. I’m sure most of you have but as a servant leader they are unacceptable. Why…
Servant leaders understand that status quo is not OK.
I like to periodically talk about the importance of extreme self-care. Servant leaders are serious about taking care of themselves so that they can effectively and consistently serve others. I recently read some information that speaks to self-care. Last time I wrote about this I used lessons from my granddaughter Sylvia to illustrate a few points.
She continues to teach me in this area. She is now 11 months old. Unless she is eating, she no longer sits in one spot for more than 5 seconds. She is on the move constantly. This is a great model for us to look to follow.
In an effort to enhance the value I provide to clients, I scheduled 4 out of the last 6 weeks for continuing education and development. This is the first year I have done this. In the past, I tried to read and catch development opportunities on a catch as catch can basis.
I found this new method of scheduling time for development to provide much more meaningful growth. During this time I completed a book proposal (yes, for accountability purposes, this is my public declaration that I am writing a book on servant leadership), read 4 books, developed an improved method for facilitating Leadership Roundtable Groups, and wrote some new curriculum.
We just finished a remarkable time in which our Leadership Roundtable (LRT) Group that is in it’s 3rd and 4th year of being together participated in a 35 Days of Prayer Exercise. I could write an entire book on the impact this had on participants and the work that God did through this time. The stories are incredible!
I’ll write my book later, but I would offer a few key observations around how this relates to servant leadership.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever been on a team where it seemed that nobody wanted to change? Everyone was comfortable proceeding “as is”. This is a major problem, as people that are stuck in the past are a detriment to future growth and improvement.
Living in the past delays progress.