Conversation on Servant Leadership: the ME for the WE*

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Marthin Luther King Jr  affirmed one day: “the most persistent and urgent question of existence is that one: what are you doing for the others?”  A wonderful question asked to people about the sense that they want to give to their life. After fulfilling all the personal , and often selfishness needs, what can we, or should we do for those who can’t afford a dish of meal, money to buy some medecine, shoulder to calm someone’s pain, the solidarity to built something good for everybody, for the community?

IMG_20131007_150847R.Arnett, CEO of East Valley Partnership during his presentation(Humphrey seminar)
Let me rightly take the example of this vision in the monday’s seminar, about the East Valley of Greater Phoenixproject , which count in its members to drive it in order to make it come true : Roc Arnett. The  President and CEO of EastValley partnership and all his collaborators dream-project is,  keeping on working and networking to build that Phoenix East Valley, by getting involved many companies of the State of Arizona.Their dream is to see their descendants find a better place to  live and work in harmony with their fellows. That led them to an increasing of the “marketing”  to change the face of Phoenix East Valley and meet the need of all these people expected to reach over 1.6 millions residents by the year 2020. But to fullfil these needs, all the managers whom are part of the project, have had think about that, to find what will be better for people in a short and long term; despite the fact that they most have already reached a high life level in the society, living in comfortable conditions, they found the “time” to run what is going on now; what I call a kind of “self-donation” to the benefit of the group. That is how  I see the  servant leadership. Serving should be in fact doing one’s best to improve people life in the community, no matter your social position or your belonging race or religion. Managers or simple people who have those reflections, and than, translate them into action show a style of leadership;

the servant leadership in which it is important to :

– have time and compassion for others

– bring they know-how gained along  one’s life experience;

-serve as guide to prevent any annoying  or bad surprises  in the future;

-inspire people to work the “WE” instead of the “ME” for successful achievement for communities;

-find  in people, the feeling of “must be committed to improve the quality of people life across my city, than my country ” ;

-letting a positive and helpful legacy before passing away.

And  as once said one of the great defenders of  the theorie and accuracy of Servant leadership, Robert K. Greenleaf :  “Good leaders must first become good servants”.