I love this quote, “The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, food, or other resources…The question is: Will there be enough leaders in time?” Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Founder, The Natural Step.
As a lifestyle and leadership coach, I really respond to, will there be enough leaders in time? I gave a great desire to serve and make the world a better place for all our future generations. One of the ways I do this is as a leadership coach. There is a leader inside every one of us and I help people to bring out the leader within. Leadership is not just a role – it’s a way of being. There are many ways to show up as a leader in the world. The one I want to expand on here is the servant leader.
The phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in “The Servant as Leader“, an essay that he first published in 1970. But the concept has been around for ages. Lao-Tzu wrote about servant leadership in the fifth-century BC: “The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware…. The Sage is self-effacing and scanty of words. When his task is accomplished and things have been completed, all the people say, ‘We ourselves have achieved it!'”
Even Simon Sinek has written about this aspect of leadership in his latest book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. He says leaders are people who go first and take the risk before anyone else and they choose to sacrifice to protect their team, so that their team leaders can gain. I see this as being a servant, serving the team members first.
Can you imagine of we all interacted with each other like this on a regular basis? What a different world we would have. If we all listened to each other, had empathy, foresight, awareness, and healing. What if we all were into stewardship, commitment to the growth of others, and building community. What I am looking to create is an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on this planet through entrepreneurial servant leadership.
Leadership means making a difference, creating a positive change; providing the impetus, new thinking and energy that creates an atmosphere of change that improves the world. Servant leaders encourage their team to be the best they can be and cultivate a culture of trust. They think long term and develop more servant leaders by making sure that their team’s highest priorities are served first.
The bottom line is that we all have an inner leader. The place where you are being your best authentic self, trusting your own inner compass and taking responsibility to be the best version of yourself in every situation. Where you stay true to your values, acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses, and live a purpose driven life.
Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience. Feel free to go to charleneday.com to see the educational programs that inspire, enrich and empower entrepreneurs and enhance productivity and leadership so you can leave a legacy as a servant leader.
To your success,