Servant Leadership The offering of oneself and ones spirit is the foundation of servant leadership.
By Debbie Henry, Executive Director, TMA Group
Leadership affects us all. Not only are we affected and influenced by it, but from time to time, we are called upon to manifest it in some shape or form. Whether by leading government or business, organizing and cultivating a family, standing for what is right, mentoring youth activities, or leading a civic group, each of us has multiple leadership roles to play throughout our lives.
As we are called to lead, are we stewards of what is right, good and of value, for those in our care and our community?
Who is a servant leader? It is the individual that puts serving others – including employees, customers, and the community, as the number one priority. It is a holistic approach to work, promoting a sense of community, and the sharing of power in decision making, that is based upon the cornerstone of integrity.
Look around. Williamson County is blessed to have servant leaders woven into its leadership fabric. These individuals lead every day, utilizing the 10 principles of servant leadership: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building community.
Servant leadership is not new; mention of it appears in writings of the Renaissance; George Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., both examples of servant leaders in our history. All servant leadership – past and present – share the belief that everyday activities are opportunities to demonstrate and encourage collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment.
The greatest servant leader of all time was born in a manger and grew up in a small village. He never held office, never served as a CEO of a company, or never went to college. Yet, His life became the template for servant leadership filled with integrity, faith, and vision, leading mankind’s journey – a way of being, an offering of self and spirit.
May this Christmas and Holiday Season be filled with hope, love, comfort, joy, and peace for each of you.
Debbie Henry is Executive Director of The TMA Group; and Associate Director of Leadership Franklin.
Posted on: 12/19/2012