The following is a series of notes taken from a class on servant leadership I took from Rev. Colin Buckland, back in the summer of 2010. The class took place at Kingsfield, in Baldock, Hetfordshire, England.
Leadership is: serving; influential; role-modeling; influencing people; creating a context for human flourishing; communication and modeling; discipline; situational but consistent; transformational; an embodiment of what others desire to follow; visionary; trustworthy; inspiring; and equipped and empowered.
- Maximizing potential in people
- Serve people so that they can grow
- Raising the morality of the organization
Leadership is NOT about telling people what to do.
The leader must always have followers. Followers are volunteers. There is a human agreement between the leader and the followers — in which the leader thanks the followers; the realization that nothing could happen without the team.
Leadership is never imposed; it is only gained. If leadership is something that influences, then icons become global leaders. Often we become reactive: what we see we don’t like, we do not want to become.
Most times our views of leadership are shaped by Thought-Leaders. Leadership is not highly looked upon, across the whole world.
Leadership is idealized. The ideal motif of the leader is replicated throughout humanity; projected upon icons (who may not be leaders at all). Within Christian leadership, God-like Energy is projected upon the clergy by those below them. Humans want to be told how to live, not how to grow.
All people can affect a small portion of society, that eventually will go on to change other elements. There are things we can do.
Leadership is Power. How do we tap into the power dynamic in a healthy way? The moment a person has power, there is a psychological response, both in the holder and the recipient of power.
Some people desperately want to be leaders, for all of the wrong reasons. Christ, therefore, becomes our central figure as leaders. The trend of rising cynicism drives toxicity into people’s lives — that the world is slowly dying, and so we begin to focus on the death of our souls.
- A shift in power = where the workers now demand control of their own lives, rather than being in control by their work.
- Changing contract = jobs are now longer for one’s entire life — but short-term.
This shift of power is leaning towards China and the East. Now western blue-collar needs to re-train, and workers in the west need to specialize.
Eventually, the Farmers in China will disappear and become the workers of New Industry — once they realize how they have relocated all of their Farmers to the cities.
The West will eventually become major Specialists, and will be forced to become the idea people of the rest of the world.
Because of this we need to train companies how to be innovative. If they cannot innovate in the long-run, they will die.
Perhaps in the future this will cause the United States and the west to become the manufacturers. There is a desperate need for excellent leadership.
What is we are sitting on a powerhouse, and we just don’t know how to let it loose? What could happen? The days of the Heroic Leader needs to come to an end. The heroic nature of it is in releasing the organization. The Cult of the CEO is dead.
Leadership becomes facilitative, the forward journey for people, fabric, and company.