Week 17: Leader and Servant? Similar or Different?
We Live Our Life as Both…
When I serve others, I am a leader demonstrating servitude as an honorable task. If we spend our lives waiting to be led, we set the example of failure to serve as well as failure to lead.“To every man there openeth a way, And the high soul climbs the high way, And the low soul gropes to low; And in between on the misty flats, The rest drift to and fro. But to every man there openeth A high way and a low, And every man decideth The way his soul shall go.” – Unknown
Do You Take the High or the Low Road?
See, each person is a leader on either the high road or the low road. It doesn’t matter. Someone is always sure to follow, for better or worse. Are you at a crossroads deciding which way to go? When you have no road, you drift aimlessly through life. Take a look around, which path do you lead people on, the high road or the low road? Have you decided? Not sure where to go? When are you going to invest the time? How about now?
Have You Taken A Look at Your Job Lately?
See, I was working on putting together my weekly schedule as a self-employed person. Hence, I’m responsible for what happens in my life, right? When deciphering what I need to get done on a week-to-week basis, I discovered myself categorizing my tasks as “Lead by Example by…”, because everything I do is an example I want to set for others in my family, my business, and my passions. This was an eye opening moment for me as I recognized that to lead, I must serve them through support, coaching, council, and simply demonstrating that what I’m asking them to do is in fact possible, fun, and profitable. Woah! What an eye opener!
Before You Can Tell Someone to “Go Do It”…
It’s best to say, “See? Come, let me show what I’ve done. It’s pretty easy, and lots of fun. Want to try it too?” This is a part of providing hands-on support. We use our hands to serve. Why not use them to guide too? In essence, we must first look in the mirror and say to ourselves, “Go Do It!” If we don’t first lead, then how are we to serve them on their own journey? When we fail to create the path, what makes them feel more comfortable along the way to the unknown? If we have not stumbled on our own, who’s to say we’re strong enough to help them get up?
So, To You I Say, “I Did It! I Do It! I am Here to Do It With You!”
In good times and in bad. In low times and in high. When you have questions, we find answers together. Should you stumble, we get up. If you need me (and even when you don’t), I am here for you before you discover you need me. Why? Because I’ve been there. How? Because I went there. When? Just a few moments before you or along side you through the experience. What’s next? We teach others how to do the same the thing. Who? Servants and leaders. Leaders and servants. We are one and the same – not similar, not different – the same.