The Leader is an Enabler

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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States

The Leader is an Enabler

Within the context of the Mission-Men-Self ethos of servant leadership, the Leader enables those around him or her to transcend their personal expectations as a means for achieving the common purpose.
This may require the deflation of the ego-based self-esteem of some while enticing greater moral sufficiency in others, and may not be a pleasant experience in the moment.
But by submitting to Mission before Self, the Leader gains the moral leverage necessary to enable superiors and subordinates alike to be all they can be.


Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

How Servant Leaders Enable Others

Thanks and congratulations Tom with such profound thoughts and also with your very precise choice of wording. In doing so, you connected the Mission-Men-Self ethos and Greenleaf's Servant Leadership philosophy in a powerful way.

Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States

Greenleaf's Servant Leader Philosophy and the Gospel of Mark

@Jaap de Jonge (Editor): Thank you for your kind words and the reference to Greenleaf's Servant Lead... Sign up

van loon

Helping Each Other

It reminds me of the example set by Pope Francis last Thursday. He went to a prison to wash the feet... Sign up

Debbie Jones

Pope Francis Washing the Feet of Young people in Prison

Finally a positive expression of an enabler! I too was touched by the example of Pope Francis washi... Sign up

Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States

George Washington and Servant Leadership

@Debbie Jones: I agree with you. Pope Francis;s example is an important reminder to the nature of th... Sign up


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