One of the powerful ways to build momentum in building a culture of servant leadership within an organization is to learn from others. Sharing stories about people exhibiting great servant leadership behaviors at every opportunity is a super way to emphasize the importance of this type of behavior.

This can be done in any number of ways but the key is to get intentional about noticing these positive behaviors, and then make it a point to highlight them. Starting every meeting with a servant leadership story that recognizes people for their efforts for these behaviors, is a great way to keep the focus in this area and build the environment you are looking to build.

Positive impact from servant leadership stories might include:

  • People that have been highlighted will be encouraged and lifted up
  • Team members will understand how important servant leadership is to you as the leader and to the organization
  • Learning will take place by those hearing the stories
  • It will encourage others to emulate those servant leadership behaviors

Along these lines, I would like to get some active participation going from readers of this blog and ask you to submit “Servant Leadership Sightings”.

We will start this process on comments to this blog, but if it gets popular enough I will start a section on Triune Leadership Services’ web site to house a constant spot for people to submit sightings and examples of servant leaders so that everyone can learn from these positive examples. Naming names is optional, but certainly not discouraged, as it would also be an avenue for others to compliment these leaders on their great work.

So I will start. All true servant leaders have a never-ending desire for self-development. This week I started a new Servant Leadership Roundtable Group in Marshall, MN. We have 26 leaders that have raised their hands and said they want to improve their understanding of servant leadership and look to Jesus as the ultimate model for leadership. I would like to recognize each of them for their heart and passion for wanting to learn more in this area and develop themselves to be that much more effective in serving those people that they lead.

I encourage you to post your examples of “Servant Leadership Sightings” so that everyone can learn from these stories and we can recognize people that are modeling the values of servant leadership.

Mark Deterding