Embracing Servant Leadership in Your Relationships

Servant leadership is an especially popular idea in the faith community. Yet, servant leadership is applicable in more arenas than in the religious world. You can practice servant leadership wherever you lead.

But, you may be asking yourself, what is servant leadership?

Servant leadership places an emphasis on the leader to steward and care for the resources of an organization. They believe they’ve been placed in a position of trust. More than that, this line of reasoning uses the idea that leaders are servants first. They have to make the needs of their employees a priority.

This flips the script on the traditional leadership paradigm. The leader is no longer at the top. Their main goal is to serve others and help the organization thrive. 

It’s a bold concept. That works.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Slumberland

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Growing up, I remember playing the Nintendo Entertainment System’s video game Little Nemo: The Dream Master by Capcom. It was a video game about Nemo and his journey through dreams. I also remember watching Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland.

The game was based on the comic series from 1910-1911. Those comics didn’t age well.

Recently, a new entry in the Little Nemo series was released. The release is the Netflix movie Slumberland.

Slumberland stars Jason Momoa as the eccentric Flip, Marlow Barkley as Nemo, and Chris O’Dowd as Uncle Phillip.

Jason Mamoa in the Netflix movie Slumberland

The film is enjoyable, especially as a great retelling of a classic story. You’ll be taken to the real world along to dreamland. There, the cast faces multiple challenges.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Champions

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My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Champions is a heartwarming story about a down-and-out basketball coach, Marcus (Woody Harrelson), who learns what it means to connect with his team, treat people with respect, and to tone down their anger. Marcus is an assistant coach who is fired from the Iowa Stallions. Why? Because he attacked the head coach, Coach Phil Perretti (Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters fame).

This leads Marcus down a dangerous path of drinking, driving, and crashing into a parked police cruiser. In a moment of grace, the judge sentencing him sentences him to community service instead of jail time.

4 Sayings Leaders Need To Stop Saying

The things that we say as leaders can either build up our people or tear them down. Sometimes, we think what we’re saying is uplifting when the saying is actually damaging.

Our words matter. They can matter more than our actions. Our words are that powerful.

4 Sayings Leaders Need To Stop Saying

We get caught in a rut of saying specific phrases or words we’re accustomed to. They’ve begun to become part of our lexicology.

But, our words often become outdated, transformed, or harmful. All of these things happen in the leadership world, too.

The sayings we’ve used for years are no longer appropriate. The terms hurt those we lead. We’ve got to do better.

Here are 4 sayings leaders need to stop saying…

5 Ways To Show Love To Your Employees

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the day of looooooove. It’s not a day that many in the workplace think about in ways that impact their employees.

I want to change that. I believe love is a strong sign of outstanding leadership.

When people feel cared for and loved, they stick around. I believe more leaders need to love their employees in appropriate ways.

Two women at a table, working, talking and laughing together

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When you love your employees, it changes things. Joel Manby, the author of Love Works, says” “Leading with love grows the bottom line and respects employees, demands accountability, and gives second chances. In short, it’s a powerful way to transform the way you lead and the culture of your organization.”

So, how do you lead with love and show employees you love them? You do the following five things.