Module 4.4 – All

Module 4.4 - Servant Leadership

How have you seen servant leadership displayed well in the past and do you think it had positive results? How can servant leadership impact your success and even the bottom line of your professional life? Think about how you display a servant’s heart to those around you. Share in your Core Journal anything that makes it difficult for you to want to “wash the feet” of others? Is there a way you can challenge yourself to display servant leadership for your team?

Name: Micah Ruiz Esparza

I have been thinking a lot about the term “servant leadership” and I wonder if maybe a better way to say it (or at least a way that more applies to me) is leading in humility. Partly because I want to drop some of the evangelical lingo, but also because I think good leaders do what servant leaders do. If a leader is not looking out for the well-being of their followers and wanting them to grow, they are not a good leader to begin with. Adding the humility is important. In humility, the first let the last go first. Because they recognize that the people they are leading are important and worthy of having good things. It is a sign of serving those under you but I think that should be a quality of any good leader. Maybe this is because my definition of success isn’t derived from results or quotas but from the health of progression of health, well-being, and flourishing of the people. If that is the definition of success, then that changes how you lead.

I have seen people who would be called servant leaders. At Costco, I see people all the time who have no obligation to help me drop everything they are doing to help or teach me something. They don’t make me feel like I am a problem or even show frustration. Some of them have been there for many many years and still make a priority to make sure the new guys are doing okay and are taken care of. It is a culture that has been developed by the leadership so everyone is willing to serve one another!

I have seen servant leadership be used in bad ways. Especially pastors who by putting themselves last, they end up overworking and burning out because they never take care of themselves. There has to be some element of meeting your own needs first so you can meet the needs of others but I’m not sure if that’s a problem in the terminology or just not knowing yourself well enough.

I have been in patterns of overdoing myself and saying yes to everything (putting myself last) and it was exhausting. I never made time to rest. I was always there to help even when I needed help myself. I naturally put others first just with how I was raised and how I got my own needs met (often I would meet other people’s needs with the expectation that then they would meet my needs) so it isn’t very hard for me to put others first. What is harder is making sure my intentions are pure and I take care of myself so I can freely give and serve those who need it without overdoing myself

How have you seen servant leadership displayed well in the past and do you think it had positive results? How can servant leadership impact your success and even the bottom line of your professional life? Think about how you display a servant’s heart to those around you. Share in your Core Journal anything that makes it difficult for you to want to “wash the feet” of others? Is there a way you can challenge yourself to display servant leadership for your team?

Name: Jill West

I wish I could say that I have had a leader like that in my life, but I haven't. One manager was really good at teaching fundamentals but he was definitely not a servant leadership type. He was pleasant and knowledgeable but he was a pussy when it came to confrontation and would literally run the other way. I had to handle everything difficult that came along and he took credit for it and sometimes had the audacity to critique it (like you were hiding in a closet, dude, and I was doing my best on the fly). Lol

I believe managing a team is similar to parenting and, as a manager, you should take on the role of protector, mentor and empowerer as well as leader. I agree with your dislike of the phrase "servant leadership" because it seems like it's something negative to the average person seeing it. I've tried to emulate the good parts of the leaders I've known and implement methods from books I've read or leaders I follow on social media. One of the reasons I've spend so much time writing about my research is because I spent decades learning about it and feel like I have a lot of diverse knowledge to share on the topic.

Of course... I'd have to actually bite the bullet and share it (insert uncomfortable emoji).

How have you seen servant leadership displayed well in the past and do you think it had positive results? How can servant leadership impact your success and even the bottom line of your professional life? Think about how you display a servant’s heart to those around you. Share in your Core Journal anything that makes it difficult for you to want to “wash the feet” of others? Is there a way you can challenge yourself to display servant leadership for your team?

Name: inpower testing

testing journal for mod4 pt4 @134

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