Sunday, July 27, 2008

Being a Servant II

"I am among you as one who serves."


Leaders must be servants.


John O'Leary said...

Judith, I'd never quarrel with this sentiment. But, as you probably know, I've become quite a jaundiced critic of management because I just don't see Servant Leadership widely practiced by organizational leaders and managers whose default setting is "Father Knows Best." They might learn something from the world of rock & roll where bands recruit, hire, and (if necessary) fire their management, not the other way around.

judith ellis said...

John, I like your model. But even in rock & roll there must be a deference, a serving of sort, if no more than the deference to the brilliance of the song writer or the other band members.

For me, to serve is not to debase one's ideas or to elevate one's views over another's. To serve is to listen and make the conscious decision to defer and act.

Fathers often knows best but so do mothers, sons, and daughters too. Serving, defering and respecting, these things are important in our professional and personal lives.