“You have got to love your people more than your position.” - John Maxwell
According to John Maxwell in “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader” servanthood is an attitude - one of putting other people first and wanting to serve others more than yourself.
John Maxwell says there are a few key components of servanthood:
-Putting others ahead of your own agenda - this means truly understanding other people’s needs and accepting their desires as important.
-Possessing the confidence to serve - we treat others as we treat ourselves. If you are secure in yourself then we can treat others with respect and serve them with love.
-Initiates service to others - great leaders see a need and serve without anyone seeing it or without expecting anything in return.
-Is not position-conscious - true servant leaders focus on being human and helping another person.
-Serves out of love - the extent of your influence depends on the depth of a your concern for others.
The best leaders I have worked with and been around are ones who truly are looking out for your best interest, who want to serve you in your own growth and want you to grow into your greatest potential. That is true servanthood where they want what is best for you and can truly understand your desires.
Are you a servant leader? What acts of kindness and service can you add in to your organization and/or to your life? What action can you begin taking today to serve?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.