A servant leader will serve his team prior to serving himself. (Wikimedia Commons)

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It's rare to read anything about leadership without seeing the phrase "servant leader."

It seems the phrase has become a candidate for the Oxymoron Hall of Fame. It will be enshrined with other head-scratching phrases such as:

  • postal service
  • rap music and
  • working vacation.

What is your favorite oxymoron?

Servant leaders are noted for their service. The key to service is summarized in the Rotarian pledge of "service above self."

A servant leader will serve his team prior to serving himself. There it is—the one special marker of leading: Your needs matter more than mine.

The eulogist of a leader's funeral will note memories of how the deceased leader served those in need. The references won't list the library of accomplishments of the deceased. It would insult the departed.

Service to others is not only a leadership issue. I contend that highly productive organizations are excellent servants. Every employee is trained to deliver meaningful service.

Today's leverage concept is to provide anonymous service. Find a need in your work area and fill it without expectation of recognition, clanging cymbals or attribution.

There's more to work than "doing your job."  A servant team gathers together to provide service to Christians who need them. We are called to serve.

Do your serve.

"For though I am free from all men, I have made myself servant to all, that I might win even more" (1 Cor. 9:19).

Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, is now available.

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