Servant Leadership Linda Flores Billy Hardin Karen Jackson Jimmy Shuck
“There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo
The servant leader is one who seeks to draw out, inspire, and develop the best and highest within people from the inside out. Steven Covey, the forward of Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power & Greatness by Robert K. Greenleaf
"The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve the leader, but the number of people served by the leader.“ ~ Adapted from a quote by John C. Maxwell.
Leaders & Followers • Follow Truth • Follow Natural Law • Follow Principles • Follow Common, Agreed-upon Vision • Follow Shared Values • Grow to Trust One Another
Four Dimensions of Moral Authority • The Essence of Moral Authority or Conscience is SACRIFICE • Conscience Inspires Us to Become Part of a Cause Worthy of Our Commitment • Conscience Teaches Us that Ends and Means are Inseparable • Conscience Introduces Us into the World of Relationships
“We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead." by William Arthur Ward as quoted in Leadership . . . with a human touch. June 1,1999. p.11.
The leadership must show a real, genuine sense of being Christ’s servant and modeling it, and recognize the people in their care as His children. (Galatians 2:20-21; Ephesians 4:11-13).
A leader has to be interested in finding the best way, not in having his own way. John Wooden
Change the Pyramid:Good leaders, who are servants, are relational and not loners. (Mark 1:32-39)
· Good leaders, even those with the kindest hearts and the most patience need to maintain accountability to and for others. Reasonable deadlines need to be enforced.
Be one who delegates by respecting, supporting, and equipping others, not micromanaging them. Affirmation and listening will foster cooperation and unity (Prov. 12:25; 20:5).
Rather, it is the ability to pass on God’s love and insights to others. It is first being a learner, absorbing and applying what God has for us, then replicating that in others.
Servant Leadership is a team approach! The teammates know that working together means giving without receiving, as well as growing spiritually, both personally and corporately!
When Jesus said in Matthew 23:11, “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant”, he made a statement by which any business can live and thrive. (Briner, 1996)
“The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price”. Eugene B. Habecker, Author (Maxwell, 1999)
Be enthusiastic • Prov. 22:29 • Rom. 12:11 • 2 Thess. 3:13 • 2 Tim. 2:15
Servant Leaders of Jesus Christ have His “basin and towel” attitude. • John 13:1-17 • 1 Corinthians 9:26,27
Develop your Colleagues • Provide opportunities to learn and grow. • When colleagues grow, the capacity for your organization grows. • Commitment to extensive on the job training. • Commitment to formal education. • Commitment to new assignments. • Commitment to internal promotions.
Coaching not Controlling • Help colleagues understand the organization’s mission and their role in fulfilling it. • Engage • Inspire • Mentor • Help colleagues understand the organization’s goals and provide the training and tools they need to achieve those goals.
How do we develop and coach? • Transformation • Vehicle for personal growth and institutional growth. • Personal Growth • Do those being served grow as persons? • Enabling Environments • Individuals can be accepted, authentic, honest, listened to, and productive. • Service • Provide direction and vision. Assure it meets the needs of the people and organization.
How do we develop and coach • Trusting relationships • Seek to understand others first before seeking to be understood. • Creating Commitment • Effectiveness is developed through enabling others to act. • Community Building • Servant leaders must be actively involved and model personal skills, setting examples and developing everyone’s comfort level with a participatory approach. • Nurturing the spirit • The joy of work is celebrated both daily and in special events that acknowledge the value of human commitment to worthwhile work
University of Nebraska • Calling • Listening • Empathy • Healing • Awareness • Persuasion • Conceptualization • Foresight • Stewardship • Growth • Building Community John E. Barbuto Jr., Associate Professor, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Daniel W. Wheeler, Extension Leadership Development Specialist
Resources • Briner, B. (1996). The management methods of Jesus. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers. • Maxwell, J. (1999). The 21 Indispensable qualities of a leader (1st ed.). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.