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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: A Servant Leader, First, Must Be A Follower


A group of people were discussing what a leader was, what it required and its’ benefits. Sam said, “I lead a multi-million dollar company that builds homes.” Hundreds of people who supervise hundreds of others look to me for assistance with technical and personnel issues. I started as a homebuilder, watching my father and others do this kind of work. I saw many people who benefited by having warm houses to live in during the cold winter months.

Mike said, “I have a corner office with a beautiful view in a large building that helps many with insurance.” Each week we have board meetings, where I preside. We talk about serving others with a real need. People trust me to help them make wise decisions in this business. I must admit that I too, was first exposed to financial reports and directing others by following in my dad’s footsteps. I also apply some education I have gotten in this area.

Many others gave accounts of what they did, how they led others and benefited other people. There were a lot of smiles and pride in the room.

Linda said, “While, an administrator at a large company who helps fill peoples’ needs, my leadership skills are more important at home. I help my husband raise four wonderful children through my example. I too, learned of the importance of this role from a parent, my mother. I don’t get paid as well financially as I do as an administrator. However, the hugs, laughter, appreciation and love cannot be compared to when it comes to how I feel rewarded. Let me make an observation about our comments, if I may.”

“We each learned to be leaders by first watching someone else and emulating that skill. We each talked about our position and how we are helping others. Jesus learned from his Father of what it really meant to be a leader. First, he had to be a follower. How did he call his disciples? “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19-NIV) These ordinary men then became some of the greatest leaders in the history of mankind and benefited many more than any of us. But, first, they became followers of Jesus. We give of our time, our efforts, and more. By the way, those things are not truly ours. Rather, they are given to us to use wisely for Him. Jesus, however, gave with his life. That is leadership. Giving by example what others cannot give to themselves. As the greatest leader ever, he showed what a leader really is – a servant. Therefore, we should be talking about-Servant leadership!”

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donna robinson03/22/05
What great little short stories within the story of how what we do the best, our role of a leader, is so often by the example we've learned from another. It reminds us why it is always important to remember who is watching us and learning from us.
Marcell Billinghurst03/22/05
What great examples of leadership you have shown, which have been followed by learning from the example of others. Well Done. Keep writing
Delores Baber03/23/05
You have developed the 2 most important aspects of being a good leader; lead by example and lead by serving. Jesus said, 'I am among you as one who serves." Luke 22:27 We are shepherds, not cattle drivers. Good piece.