I just finished reading the book “The Serving Leader” for the second time in a couple months. It is told in a story format and brings out many paradoxes on leadership. Being involved in a leadership community it has been fascinating to watch people develop, really flourish, into effective, humble leaders. I have been mentored by one such person, George Guzzardo, and enjoy reading and learning from his blog. George has incredible influence with tens of thousands of people because of his LIFE results, he walks the walk. He is people oriented and elevates those around him on a daily basis. Here is a part from his blog addressing success and happiness in a person’s life:
In the best selling book ‘How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People’,Les Giblin says profoundly, “Every normal human being wants success and happiness.” Testimony after testimony from those involved in the LIFE business describe what they have learned. One comment that constantly surfaces is getting along with other people. The art of human relations comes to the top of the list when it goes to measuring success and happiness. Giblin sites a study by the Carnegie Institute of Technology where they analyzed the records of 10,000 people. They arrived at the conclusion that 85% of success is due to the ability to deal with other people successfully. Last but not least, Giblin writes that our Declaration of Independence places the real worth of an individual as a gift of God, rather than what individuals have made themselves. Our Creator has endowed people with innate worth. What if we could identify those special qualities in people and then provide an opportunity to appreciate (develop a greater value) themselves? Author Greg Ogden writes, “A servant leader finds joy in empowering and equipping others so they can experience the fulfillment of their God – given contribution.” To those who think that motives originating from giving sound foolish, perhaps they don’t understand it because their own motives don’t come from giving.
Wow! These principle go hand in hand with the ones in the book I mentioned to start. In analyzing what brings the most joy and feeling of accomplishment , success, to a person I realized it truly is from giving and helping others. When I have had an isolated victory, not part of a team, it is a short lived, lonely victory. However, the experience of a team victory, several people working and running to hit an important goal, that is exhilarating and builds many fond memories. Why is the team victory so much more uplifting? For me it is because I am able to contribute to the well being on someone else. As I read the book The Serving Leader the characters in the book felt the same way. They choose to do the hard work for a bigger cause. They choose to develop teams because they knew to be truly successful it would take many working together. They were humble leaders who focused on each others strengths and would give away recognition without feeling as less of a participant. Through encouragement many people will rise up and do more, become more productive. I am grateful to work with George, who continually does this. He sets a bar to shoot for and encourages us along the way knowing it is possible for us to achieve more than we know or believe at that time.
I pray you are able to belong to a special group that lifts others up and fights the daily battles with you to make a difference in our world.
God Bless, Renee