servant leadership

29 Sep

In your own words, briefly describe the “servant leadership” model we discussed in class.
There are three quotes/concepts that stood out from the lesson that define servant leadership for me.
“Never ask people to do things that you yourself wouldn’t be willing to do.”
“Remember that the mantle of leadership is not the cloak of comfort but rather the robe of responsibility.” – Thomas S. Monson
“Care less about what others think of you and more about what others think of themselves.” – Stephen R. Covey
The influence that I can have in this world is directly related to the amount of good that I put in it. Leadership is not about being comfortable. It is about being humble enough to know and admit when you are wrong and strong enough to take a stand when necessary. It is about seeing a person as they could be, not who they are today. It is about two-way trust and a deeper meaning in all things. It is about being aware. It is the least convenient, most difficult, and most meaningful form of service. How lucky am I that I get to practice it every day??

Identify someone with whom you have been personally acquainted and who exemplifies the concept of servant leadership. Briefly describe the leadership/life style of this person(s).
The first person I thought of was my mother. Over the last few years, when she has described her role as essentially being a single parent, she has always put other people first. She has two children still at home, as well as my father, who is not always able to take care of himself, and she is completely selfless.
She never buys new clothes for herself. She only buys new shoes when every pair she owns is completely worn through. She makes sure that everyone else has eaten before she eats dinner. She consistently takes care of others before she takes care of herself. In high school, I had several friends who came over to hang out with my mom rather than me because they loved talking to her so much, and that was because she is so invested in other people.
Her character as a servant leader has made her the most incredible mother, Church member, and teacher. She can always find some way to help someone, even when they don’t communicate specific needs.

Some argue that a servant leader will not have much success in his/her career because they will give too much attention to others and too little consideration of their own professional advancement. How would you counter this argument?
The strong relationships they develop by giving attention to others is more beneficial in terms of professional advancement in the long run than anything else could be. People are more important than work, and by being genuine and making other people know how important they are, the networks that the servant leader make become solid and resourceful. Although that is not the primary motivation to be a servant leader, it is a result that should be considered a blessing and not a goal.

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