How do you encourage servant leadership development for your organization, business or congregation? 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.” At this point in his book Dale points out the second temptation of Jesus. Christ was urged to bow down to Satan and become ruler of all the kingdoms of the world.
Leaders are tempted on a regular basis 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 accomplish by immoral behavior. So, what exactly is true servant leadership development? Robert Dale shares this quote,
“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, sing songs and 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 ………”