A legend tells of a monastery known throughout Europe for the extraordinary leadership of a man known only as Brother Peter. Several monks began a lengthy pilgrimage to visit Brother Peter to learn from him. Almost immediately, they began to bicker about who should do various chores.
On the third day they met another monk going to the monastery, and he joined them. This monk never complained or shirked a duty, and whenever the others would fight over a chore he would gracefully volunteer and do it himself. By the time the group of four men had reached the monastery, the others were following his example and working together smoothly.
When they reached the monastery and asked to see Brother Peter, the man who greeted them laughed out loud. ‘But our brother is among you!’ And he pointed to the fellow who had joined them.
Monday Morning Perspective:
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
“Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.” – Unknown
Today many people seek leadership positions- not because of what they can do for others but for what the position can do for them: status, connections, perks, advantages. They do service as an investment- a way to build an impressive resume. The parable above teaches another model of leadership- one where leaders are preoccupied with serving rather than being followed, with giving rather than getting, and with doing rather than demanding.
Leadership is based on example, not command. It will be the person, not the position, who will make a positive impact on others.
This week I challenge you to give servant leadership a try- instead of management from behind a desk, get out and spend time along side those you seek to influence. Roll up your sleeves when the time comes and watch those around you begin to do the very same.
Have a wonderful week!
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