Just taking some time to reflect this morning. I found this great quote.
“For you were indeed called to freedom; only do not let your freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse for selfishness, but through love you should serve one another.”
As I have been reflecting on the calling and application of leadership (or management or business ownership), I have been challenged that the leadership model adopted and embraced by so many has significant flaws. Most models are represented by a pyramid with the leader and aspiring leaders working their way to the top.
This model fails to take account of the later part of my initial quote. What does love require of us as leaders?
As I reflect on the leadership positions that I have held, the greatest personal and corporate success has come when I have realised my freedom to serve the people working for me. Allowing them to develop a sense of self worth and knowledge that they are trusted to do their job.
By entertaining this type of environment, the leader allows the team to build trust and deliver a service that is directly supporting the corporate direction and goals. The staff develop a sense of self worth and the workplace becomes a place that people want to come to.
I know of at least one organisation that has realised exponential global growth through inverting the leadership paradigm. By having a true appreciation of his own calling and self worth and by living the leadership example, he was able to birth the largest organisation in the world today. He not only knew the leadership model of serving the team, he understood the greater question of “What does love require of me?”
It takes a leader with inner strength, freedom, a knowledge of self worth and a working knowledge of love to build an amazing environment.