A simple story about the true essence of leadership – James C. Hunter
Certainly a worthy read on a snowy Saturday in December. I love authors who have the ability to paint a beautiful picture through story telling rather that a theory based scripture. “The Servant” is certainly a well written story that points out all the major factors including enough detail to not only make sense out of it but also provide opportunity to transfer this knowledge into your own line of work.
Through coaching, I have adopted many of the same philosophies and practices. It is always nice to see that from an outside perspective that my coaches (Mark/Kirk) steered me in the right direction. Being a servant leader, is about trust, commitment, clarity, choice, love and accountability.
I would like to highlight one of the key descriptive power words in my blog today as James reminded me yesterday that “Love” is not the feeling type of “Love” but rather the behavior as in the Greek work Agapē. As leaders, we need to pay particular attention to the individual not the persons that works for you. Agapē means that you will express patience, kindness, humility, respectfulness, selflessness, forgiveness, honesty and commitment. You will need to spend some additional time studying the meaning of each attribute to develop a better appreciation of its role in leadership.
To develop strength, like a muscle, you will need to practice frequently to ensure that your EQ, PQ and BQ are all elevated and maintained within a therapeutic index. Agapē “Love” is not something you do from time to time but rather make it who you are as a positude leader.
Combine Agapē “Love” with leadership and you reap the benefits for life albeit at home, work or with your friends.