Leadership is two words: Love and Serve
August 10, 2010 § 1 Comment
It is never scheduled, i.e. “Today, from 2-4, we will discuss leadership.” It’s who you are, or, who you should be.
I’m a parent of two amazing girls. I’m always a parent, it’s constant. When I’m at work, away from my kids while they are at school, I’m no less a parent than when I am home with them at night.
Another example is evaluation. Evaluation should not be scheduled. An annual evaluation, although sometimes helpful, doesn’t really tell us anything that we didn’t already know. As a leader, evaluation should also be ongoing. Parents don’t schedule a 360 with their kids, rather evaluation happens continually.
I believe the centerpiece of leadership is to Love and to Serve those who we journey with regardless of the endeavor.
For me, in ministry, I have the privilege of partnering with 40 staff scattered over Indiana and Kentucky. To Love an Serve can mean encouragement. It can mean whispering possibility of potential to someone who never considered it. It can mean the grace of purely listening to what they have to say. It can be empowering others to lead a meeting instead of me. It can mean giving another the gift of freedom. It can mean identifying dependent behavior and replacing it with a culture of autonomy. To Love and Serve can also be displayed by not avoiding a difficult, but necessary conversation with another. And to Love an Serve can also be exhibited by how I receive the words of another who is having that difficult conversation with me.Love and Serve are not mutually exclusive. One cannot exist in its pure form absent of the other.