Leadership Series – Part 1 of 5 – Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership – Leadership Series – Part 1 of 5

Most of what I’m gonna share with you can be found in books written by John Maxwell. I think it’s safe to say that John Maxwell is the world’s foremost authority on leadership, and if you wanna learn about leadership, get some of his books or watch some of his videos. I’m gonna start off this series with a story that’s found in one of his books, and this story’s taken from The 5 Levels of Leadership, and it goes like this: Once upon a time, during the American Revolutionary War, George Washington rode up to a group of soldiers trying to raise a beam to a high position. The corporal, who was in charge of the group, kept shouting words of encouragement, but they couldn’t manage to do it. After watching their lack of success, Washington said to the corporal, “Why don’t you join in and help?” The man replied, “Do you realize that I am the corporal?” Washington politely responded, “I beg your pardon, Mr. Corporal. I did.” And then, Washington got down off of his horse and went to work with the soldiers until the beam was put into place. Wiping the perspiration from his face, he turned to the corporal said, “If you should need help again, call on Washington, your Commander-in-Chief, and I will come. Isn’t that a good story?! It illustrates what servant leadership is all about. If you want to grow as a leader, begin to focus less on what you can accomplish on a personal basis, and start focusing more on what you can do with the help of others. When you’re given a leadership position, it’s simply an opportunity to develop yourself into a true leader. Leaders are watched. They’re imitated. And therefore, leaders must maintain a higher standard than the rest of the people. If you are a leader, then this might not seem fair to you, but this is reality. Any negative thing that you do, those who follow your example will imitate in excess. Any positive thing that you do, those who follow your example will imitate in moderation. Yes, leaders are held to a higher standard than everyone else. This is also true when it comes to their families. Sometimes, the families of men and women who serve in some type of a ministry are destroyed because of this unspoken rule. One more time: Leaders are watched. They’re imitated. And therefore, leaders must maintain a higher standard than the rest of the people. If you are a leader, this might not seem fair to you, but this is reality. And this is something that you need to understand, because I cannot imagine anyone watching these Golden Nuggets day after day after day and not becoming a leader. Of course, you’re also a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!  
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Full Transcript: Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Leadership”, and this is part 1 of 5, and most of what I’m gonna share with you can be found in books that were written by John Maxwell. I think it’s safe to say that John Maxwell is the world’s foremost authority on leadership, and if you wanna learn about leadership, get some of his books or watch some of his videos. I’m gonna start off this series with a story that’s found in one of his books, and this story’s taken from The 5 Levels of Leadership, and it goes like this: Once upon a time, during the American Revolutionary War, George Washington rode up to a group of soldiers trying to raise a beam to a high position. The corporal, who was in charge of the group, kept shouting words of encouragement, but they couldn’t manage to do it. After watching their lack of success, Washington said to the corporal, “Why don’t you join in and help?” The man replied, “Do you realize that I am the corporal?” Washington politely responded, “I beg your pardon, Mr. Corporal. I did.” And then, Washington got down off of his horse and went to work with the soldiers until the beam was put into place. Wiping the perspiration from his face, he turned to the corporal said, “If you should need help again, call on Washington, your Commander-in-Chief, and I will come.” Isn’t that a good story?! It illustrates what servant leadership is all about. If you want to grow as a leader, begin to focus less on what you can accomplish on a personal basis, and start focusing more on what you can do with the help of others. When you’re given a leadership position, it’s simply an opportunity to develop yourself into a true leader. Leaders are watched. They’re imitated. And therefore, leaders must maintain a higher standard than the rest of the people. If you are a leader, then this might not seem fair to you, but this is reality. Any negative thing that you do, those who follow your example will imitate in excess. Any positive thing that you do, those who follow your example will imitate in moderation. Yes, leaders are held to a higher standard than everyone else. This is also true when it comes to their families. Sometimes, the families of men and women who serve in some type of a ministry are destroyed because of this unspoken rule. One more time: Leaders are watched. They’re imitated. And therefore, leaders must maintain a higher standard than the rest of the people. If you are a leader, this might not seem fair to you, but this is reality. And this is something that you need to understand, because I cannot imagine anyone watching these Golden Nuggets day after day after day and not becoming a leader. Of course, you’re also a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner! Thank you for listening to this Golden Nugget by Don Howe. To learn more about Don’s free sales success system or to have a free success audio like this one sent to you each week day, please visit DonHoweSuccess.com. That’s D O N H O W E S U C C E S S .com
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