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12.16.2013

What is Servant Leadership?

Lately, I've had this burning desire to do something bigger than me. To be the spark that starts a wild fire. I want to help people, regardless of who they are where they come from. It's what makes me feel happy. I'm in a program called Servant Leadership. What is that exactly? When you Google define servant and leadership these are the definitions you find:
“Servant: a person who performs duties for others, esp. a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant.”   
“Leadership: The action of leading a group of people or an organization.”
When people first see the definitions of servant and leadership, they assume they are antonyms. Also, thinking that they cannot possibly mesh into one, but they do. Side by side it forms into servant leadership, which for me is the perfect combination. I think servant leadership is the best way of aspiring others to reach a common interest. Sometimes people get intimidated by authoritative figures and feel somewhat invisible in a project but a servant leader establishes friendships throughout the team, making it comfortable for you to put your ideas out there.

Traditionally people think that leadership is synonymous with dictatorship–one person in charge. Also, it is stated by many people that a leader is born not formed. In this online article it reads, “Whether or not we like it, leaders are born, not made. Although our culture would like to believe that there is a kernel of leadership in everyone, I’m just not convinced.”  I know for a fact that is not true, leaders are formed and grow each and every day. I used to be extremely shy, and submissive. It wasn't until I joined yearbook I learned leadership tactics and now with this program it is helping me to develop those characteristics. Yes, servant leaders do compare with the traditional view of leaders in the aspect that they may be more vocal and persistent but they are always willing and excited to hear the other’s ideas and possibly implement them. In a handout we received in class it stated, “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then the conscious choice to bring one to aspire to lead.” With the first natural and enthusiastic feeling, it becomes infectious and others want to join to help as well. It works like the domino effect, defined as a cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events. One person has the vision, makes a move on it and others quickly follow causing a chain reaction.


Okay, so why exactly do I say this? I have a blurry vision. I'm meant to do something bigger than myself. I'm meant to help people. Keep reading my blog to find out what exactly that something may be and help me along the way.