Legacy: to make a lasting contribution in the world

How do you define success? For you, is it good enough to build a profitable business and achieve life goals like a good house, good schools for your kids, and a comfortable retirement? It is true that these are perfectly normal and healthy marks of success for many people, but there is a higher standard for servant leaders.

The measure of successful servant leadership has to consider our service and leadership, both of which necessarily involve people outside of ourselves. If we are the only ones benefited by our success, then we have failed in both service and leadership because we have served no one but ourselves and, having reached the end, found that no one is truly following us. [Read more…]

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       Service: To Give of Myself for Another’s Benefit

There are two kinds of leadership: Top down, and bottom up. Lead by authority, or lead by example.

The world has seen leadership by authority for as long as it’s been around. We now know that leadership by example is much more powerful and effective. This means that if we want to be on the cutting edge of leadership, we need to embrace service-oriented leadership. [Read more…]

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Excellence: To Have Distinguished or Superior Quality

Leaders set the bar. Those following them will rise to whatever example they set. If they work with energy and enthusiasm, it increases the odds that their entire team will do the same. If they demonstrate honesty and integrity in their ethics, the chances increase that their department will follow. It is for this reason that it is so important for leaders to demonstrate excellence. [Read more…]

Compassion: to feel and act out of concern for others

Leaders are people who get things done. They fix their eyes on a vision and press on until they attain it. But the greatest leaders have another trait that we cannot overlook—we know they care about us.

Yes, we want our leaders to lead and get things done, but we also want to know that they’re thinking of us when they do them. [Read more…]


To show value and regard toward others

What goes around comes around; we all know that. But where I have seen this happen most dramatically is where it comes to respect.

It’s a simple fact: Respect breeds respect. If you show respect for someone, they will most often show respect back. This is one of the reasons respect is such a powerful value for us to cultivate in our workplace, especially as it pertains to us as leaders.

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facesHonesty: to be sincere and truthful
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain
what I consider the most enviable of all titles,
the character of an honest man.
George Washington

All of us remember the childhood story about the boy who cried wolf. If we have children, we’ve probably even repeated it to teach our own children about the importance of honesty. What many of us perhaps haven’t realized yet is that the more responsibility we carry, the more important honesty becomes. [Read more…]


“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie

There has never been a time in history in which teamwork was more important in the business world than now. Three hundred years ago, nearly all businesses were family-owned and independently run. As we have become industrialized and the size of our companies and organizations grows, so does our need for teamwork. [Read more…]

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