Weekly Business Idea

December 1, 2017 – Should You Be a Servant Leader?

Posted on | December 1, 2017 | No Comments

Main Idea:

Are you going crazy yet?  What about your team?  Do you have a bunch of items to get done before year end?  Have you started your Christmas shopping?  Do you have 50 different priorities depending on the time of the day?

Expansion of the Idea:

The holidays are upon us.  There is a lot of busyness which leads to craziness.  Everyone has too much to do in too little time.  Frequently, people start thinking about all the things they want to get done before the new year and it paralyzes them.  They don’t know where to start.  You may think about your goals for the year and realize that you haven’t crossed any off.  Or, every time you cross one off another one pops up and you still have way too many things to do.  That is just the business side.  And then you think about all the personal things to do before year end and you decide the best use of your time is to just go take a drive.

All of us can get caught up in the busyness and we become less than effective.  If we look at our customers, they are in the same situation.  They are just scrambling to get through the month.  Everyone goes through the day with their heads down just trying to cross off items from their to do list.  The problem with having your head down is that you don’t see what others are going through and possible opportunities.

What would happen if you, as a leader, focused on a fundamental aspect of leadership – Servant Leadership?  What would your world look like if, instead of just trying to get through the day, you would look for opportunities to serve your team or your customers?  How can you make their lives a little better?  For your team, by relieving them of a little pressure, they could be more effective and actually get more done.  For your customers you could generate some tremendous goodwill.

Servant leadership was first demonstrated 2000 years ago but wasn’t really named inside business circles until 1977 by Robert Greenleaf.  He wrote a book called Servant Leadership.  In it he radically changed the discussion of what a leader is.  His definition is:

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” – Robert K. Greenleaf.

This month is an ideal time to practice servant leadership.  When we serve our team and our customers, we can make a huge difference in their lives.  That will have a big impact on your life and your business.  The side benefit of practicing servant leadership is that you might find a little more joy in your life.

Here are some specific steps to consider:

  1. Pay attention to your team and their time demands.
  2. Ask your team if there is anything you can do to help them.
  3. Look for opportunities to add more value to your customers.
  4. Look for opportunities to serve your spouse and your family.
  5. Look for opportunities to serve your community.
  6. Go serve.


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    These weekly ideas are brought to you by FitzGerald & FitzGerald P.C. For more information about how to use these ideas with your small business contact Tim FitzGerald at trfitz@fitz-net.com.