Leadership:self- serving vs. serving.

Servant LeadershipIn Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life- he puts it out that it isn’t about you. Life is about what you give rather than what you get. Servant leadership is effected through a genuine change of heart from being self- centered to others centered. It is not just about the inconveniences that you suffer but the pain that others go through. It seeks to find a deeper purpose and meaning and introducing principles that work.
Servant- leadership is restricted by the thoughts of self-doubt and inflated feelings of self- importance. Self- doubt makes individuals feel that they are worth less than others. While false pride makes one behave as if they are worth more than others. Ego is an illusion of self that prevents so many from becoming all that they can become.
Great leaders are made by will and humility. Will is the determination to follow through on a vision. Humility is the capacity to realize that is not about the leader in any measure, it is about the people, it is about the cause. People with humility do not think less of themselves; they just think about themselves less. These individuals do not deny their power; but rather they realize fully that it only flows through them, not from them. Servant leadership is about raising people to a higher level by leading on a higher level. Servant leadership is not about love- it is love. Its loving other people enough to get out of the way so that others can be magnificent.
Servant- leadership understands that empowerment is the key. People already have power within them; it is just about letting it out. For empowerment to work, leaders must be driven by the possibilities of faith and battle against habit and tradition. It requires people to challenge some of their basic assumptions about how things must be done. It calls for one to muster new skills and learn to trust self- directed individuals and teams. This was Mahatma Gandhi’s experiments with truth. It is about trusting people and their higher aspirations for truth, freedom and self- actualization.

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