Kindness and Humility in Servant Leadership
Brett E Holdeman, Student (University), United States
I agree, this may be the most effective method for eliciting the best from the most followers, despite its complexity and seeming polar-opposite concept. It works for me, a servant who wishes to lead. I will find the right position from which to make a difference, all in his good time!
Yes, many mistake our humility and kindness for weakness, but they would be underestimating the love and power of Christ to keep us humble, as He was, and show kindness in a world that remains dog-eat-dog.
Many don't know I was a cold-war Marine, yet have been changed by Christ, enabled to be whatever those reeling from this world's cold nature, apathy, and greed, need in the moment. I'm of the leaders-are-born ilk, and while I used to be the bark-and-swear leader, which in that context, worked well, it doesn't in the American business arena.
I found, at the VA, that HONEY GARNERS MORE THAN VINEGAR, and many were not only receptive to my servant-leadership example, but also began to emulate it, when they could have just as easily continued in their self-centered ways.
Servant leadership has the potential to cure so many of our workplaces' woes, and naysayers must recognize it may be an oxymoron, but is so powerful and effective, it deserves a chance to work before being dismissed!