Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is He or Isn't He a Servant Leader?

Recently, I have found myself in conversations with people who want to know if a particular person is a servant leader. This is nothing new because I've had these discussions before. However, the people in question as of late are successful football coaches (I do live in the South).

In this week's issue I will discuss: 

Define Your Destiny: A Self-Awareness Journey Toward Servant Leadership
Is He or Isn't He a Servant Leader?
Training and Development News
Quote for the Week 

Book-Signing Date to be Announced Soon

Is He or Isn't He a Servant Leader?

I don’t get caught up slamming a man because he goes on a rant every now and then. As one of my very best friends who is a former assistant basketball coach at an ACC (Athletic Coast Conference) school once told me, “Sometimes you can’t treat a kid from a bad background who disrespects authority the same way you might treat a kid from a good background who respects authority. However, what you hope to accomplish is the same--growing a successful person." 

Therefore, my litmus test on whether or not a person is a servant leader is based on the characteristics of a servant leader which transcends any religion, ethnicity, or job title. So, if you would like to get a sense as to whether an individual is a servant leader or not, ask yourself the following question(s):

Is John Doe:

  • Trustworthy
  • Self-aware
  • Humble
  • Caring
  • Visionary
  • Empowering
  • Relational
  • Competent
  • Good Steward
  • Community Builder
If you can answer yes to at least 80%, because a couple of them you just may not know the answer to, then that person may very well be a servant leader.

Training and Development News

This past Monday evening and all day Tuesday I attended the ninth annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum here in Columbus, Georgia. The roster of speakers was amazing. On Monday evening, I had the opportunity to hear Mark Cuban talk about leadership. My three favorite speakers on Tuesday were Sarah Blakely, the founder of Spanx, Geoffrey Canada, the founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, and best-selling author Marcus Buckingham. Of course, all of the speakers were solid. I just happen to have been a fan of these three long before they came to town. I also had a great opportunity to be interviewed by Ricky Steele to promote the Center for Servant Leadership on Georgia Business Radio Network.

Quote for the Week:

“Ideas are most vulnerable during their infancy. Don’t share your ideas just for validation.” – Sara Blakely

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