The Spiritual Leadership Dynamics of Servanthood
The secret of leadership founded on spirit is that the leader is a servant first. Many of the problems we have as leaders, or in working with other leaders, result because we often reverse this order. That is, we concentrate too much on controlling others--making them do what we want-- instead of serving them by helping them be the best they can be in their work with us.
We cannot separate service and leadership. Those who would be leaders must be servants. While a seeming paradox, that is the key to the kind of leadership based on the leader's (and follower's) spirit self. Leadership is really servant leadership ( Greenleaf 1977). By virtue of their position leaders have more information and control more resources than followers. They must provide these resources if followers are to be successful. The emphasis in this task, however, is on growth of the people we work with, not just programs conducted without problems. Leadership focuses on the process of interaction, not just the results of that interaction.
To be a good leader, a person must first have learned to be a good follower ( Litzinger and Schaefer 1982). Thoughtful people in all fields have long recognized this idea. The philosopher's idea of master and slave points out that there is not only followership in the leader, but leadership in the follower. Leadership must assume a spirit of followership when both leader and follower alike are held to obedience to defined principle. Many good leaders--such as Churchill, Bismarck, Cae