How to create more servant leaders should be on the minds of every leader. By creating more servant leaders, you help produce leaders who are leading because they have a desire to help and influence others. That’s a goal worth striving for!
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However, how does one create more servant leaders? The workplace is filled with people who want to look out for number one, numero uno, their own bacon. It can be hard to find up-and-coming leaders who truly want to serve others. But you can find and help create the next generation of servant leaders.
What Is Servant Leadership?
Servant leadership is a model of leadership lived out by many leaders throughout history. Lao-Tzu, in Tao Te Ching, describes servant leadership. Jesus Christ lived the life of a servant leader. Mother Theresa gave her life serving others and found herself hailed as a leader. Read more...
I had the pleasure of meeting comic book writer Tony Isabella in October 2017. Tony is the creator of the DC Comics first African American superhero Black Lightning.
During my time with Tony Isabella at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, I asked him what was his favorite comic book issue to work on. Without hesitation, he said Black Lightning Volume 2 Issue 5.
Tony went on to explain why he enjoyed the comic book so much. Black Lightning’s civilian identity is Jefferson Pierce, the principal at Garfield High School. Pierce dons the Black Lightning costume to protect his students from the gangsters who want to recruit them to their gangs and do them harm.
In the Black Lightning comic recommended by Tony Isabella, something goes wrong. Walter Kasko, a teacher at Garfield High School, tosses himself in front of a young student named Lamar as gangsters burst into the room Walter, Lamar, and Jefferson was. Walter was riddled with bullets and died. Jefferson was injured and spent time in the hospital. Read more...
Every day Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) took the commuter train to and from work. On the day he was let go from his job, he didn’t change his ritual of riding the train. This is where the leadership lessons from The Commuter begin.
That fateful day things changed. Michael was a targeted man. Someone had a plan for him. A sinister plan.
The Commuter was filled with a couple of great plot twists you didn’t see coming. Liam Neeson played his role perfectly as did the other cast members.
But let’s get into the leadership lessons from The Commuter before I get too far off base.
I’m sure quite a few of you were in diapers as I was immersed as a teen in this 1970’s commercial about Enjoli perfume.
This sexy suburbanite sang a jazzy song about the many roles she successfully played in society—a corporate executive, a gourmet cook, an involved mother and the commercial culminated as she sang to her husband, “And I’ll never let you forget you’re a man.” It was the media’s version of the complete woman.
It obviously penetrated my psyche because I tried hard to be all things to all people. However, through years of bitter experiences—a divorce, stress and anxiety attacks, I slowly learned this was a fallacy. In fact, it diluted my impact as a mother, educator, wife, and writer. Read more...