In our first Humphrey seminar, we have learnt about Servant –Leadership characteristics. When i came back home, i read it again and thought about that. Remember the characteristics: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people and building community.
It is a new version of leadership. In past and still in many places people recognized as “good” leaders have a strong ego. They rule and they really want to feel that they rule. They take all decisions and but to be able to do that they consume the labor of the others. However they behave as if they don’t! With that way they guarantee that they are respected by the people working for themselves.
If you consider the characteristics of servant -leadership, to internalize these characteristics one really should be free of his ego. And “The paradoxes of Being a Servant-Leader Poem (by Brewer ” seems to explain me how to become a “true” person. I have just picked some of its nice lines to share with you:
“…wise enough to say “I don’t know”
Right enough to say “I am wrong”
Mature enough to be childlike
Important enough to be the last
Knowledgeable enough to ask questions
Great enough to be anonymous…”
I think every single line of this poem (including the ones that I have not written here) is worth to digest. This poem is going to be my guide not only for this year but also for during the whole life.
Thanks very much to Dr. Bill for sharing it with us.