You Are A Leader …

Armor OfficerThe message was pounded into this newly-minted second lieutenant’s brain in many ways at many times a long time ago.   It has stayed with me and been of value through changes in direction, industry, role, and function.

I find this attitude remarkably effective in working with others.  

Even though I first learned these first leadership lessons a long time ago, they resonate nicely, especially given current interest in the Servant Leadership model, most popularly noted by Robert K. Greenleaf, but embraced by many esteemed authors and researchers over the years and practiced by those who who aim to be good leaders.

Servant Leadership is not a splashy, hard-driving, or personality-focused leadership model, but one of humble characteristics and a focus on others:   helping others, lifting up others, and working with others.

If your goal in life is to acquire wealth, power, and prestige, this approach may not seem helpful to you.  On the other hand, if you want to make a positive difference in the world, you might just find the idea of leading others by serving them rather useful.

Next week, you will hear my thoughts about a short book that tells a powerful story of leadership, relationships, and life.  The Serving Leader by Kenneth Jennings and John Stahl-wert is one of those narrative-style books I used to say I did not much care for.   At this point, I appreciate a well-told story that also informs me and provides value to my life … enough said.

Reflecting carefully on one of the most important things I have ever learned in the Heartland ….



Up The Hill We Go …


Not sure this needs much additional comment to clarify the point …

If you are one who feels that competitiveness is how you succeed in life, good luck to you, but I choose a different path.  One that includes helping others achieve their goals.  

This probably has something to do with whether you view the world as one of abundance or of limited resources.  

Caveats:  I am NOT talking about the prosperity gospel perspective and I most assuredly understand the importance of considering how we need to use our planetary resources better.  

I AM talking about people in relation to other people.  I would rather share my food with another than be well-fed while they starve.  I would rather share my coat or blanket with them than be warm while they are cold.  I would rather see them as fellow travelers through life who may look, talk, and act differently, but share the same human feelings and needs.

If this resonates with you, I am preaching to the choir.  The only additional questions relate to how you live out these ideas of sharing and connection in your daily lives.  So …

How you doing with that helping thing?

How are you influencing others to share?

What could you do more or better?

Helping out as much as I can in the Heartland ….


Quote Source:  Danged if I can find an original source, but this gets published in a lot of newsletters.

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“Five Surprising Companies That Espouse Servant Leadership” …

promo_02Besides that company with jazzy commercials, great Cajun-flavored food, and a dynamite CEO, here are five other companies that are making things happen through service:)

Excellent read from @BKPub: Five Surprising Companies That Espouse Servant Leadership 

Dare You to Serve Others …

share_17… and if you need any pointers on how to serve others, ask an expert, like Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchens Inc, who lays the whole thing out for us in her new book, Dare to Serve:  How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others.

Learn more at:

#DaretoServe by @CABachelder