I have been on the servant leadership journey, knowingly, for nearly nine years. I say knowingly because I believe my journey begin long before I became associated with the Center for Servant Leadership.
During my time with the
Center, I have learned a lot of lesson on servant leadership. Most of my
lessons have been the result of my own observations of people, events, and situations.
Over the course of 2014, I would like to share some of my lessons with you.
Observation #1: I have observed people,
typically employees, who say that they like their leader (CEO). However, the
only time they’ve ever really been in that leader’s presence is at an employee
meeting or seeing their leader in a 10 second sound bite on television. Yet,
when asked, they say, “I like him. He’s nice.” Although social skills are
important, don’t mistake niceness for good leadership.
After all, how well do
you really know your leader?