Tuesday, February 1, 2011

You Signed Up To Be the Leader, So Take Responsibility For It

Servant leadership is defined as a lifelong journey that includes discovery of one’s self, a desire to serve others, and a commitment to lead.

Today I want to focus on the last part of that definition: a commitment to lead.

As a leader, your first responsibility is to serve. That is why you have the title of Superintendent, Doctor, Director, Coach, Father, President, etc.

Obviously, when you were offered your current position, you didn’t turn it down. There are perks that come with your designation as leader—the salary, the corner office, the title, the parking spot, all of which allow you to have a better life.

To serve means to do so in good times and in bad, so don’t take your leadership position for granted. When my father coached basketball, it was not uncommon for him to receive phone calls from players and parents in the wee hours of the morning.

But that didn’t stop him from answering those calls and going across town to see what he could do to help.

Leadership Lesson: You signed up to be the leader, so take responsibility for it.

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