Leadership Example of Being a Servant
I recently pulled a book out of my library entitled Leading Edge by Robert Dale. While scanning through the book I came across a section in chapter 2 entitled the “Seduction of Power.”
In this chapter, Dale points out the second temptation of Jesus. His temptation was to bow down to Satan and become ruler of all the kingdoms of the world.
Leaders are attempted to compromise to evil forces in order to reach their goals. Many times leaders come to the conclusion that for success to take place shortcuts must be made.
Moral goals cannot be accomplished by immoral behavior. So, what exactly is true leadership? Robert Dale explains it this way,
“Robert Greenleaf’s classic book, Servant Leadership opens with a powerful story.
A group of persons are on a journey. Leo, a servant, accompanies the party and, while performing menial chores……keeps the group’s spirits up. The trip goes well until Leo disappears. Then, the group falls into disarray…….. The group simply cannot proceed without the servant Leo. One member of the group searches for years and at long last locates Leo. To his surprise, Leo, whom the searcher has only known as a servant, is actually the leader of the organization that sponsored the group’s journey in the first place. The leader is servant first—-that’s the moral of Greenleaf story ………”
What do you think about the idea of the leader of an organization being a servant?
Does the phrase servant leadership make sense?