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Leadership through Service November 12, 2013

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

As stated in my prior blog, the concept of servant leadership has been around since 1970, however, there have been several leaders that came before this model was brought to light who were ahead of their time such as: Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, just to name a few!

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

There are numerous traits that servant leaders have such as: compassion, vision, inspiration, respect, empathy, selflessness, and trustworthiness.  These key traits help make servant leaders very effective leaders. As we continue to have an increase in NGO’s, not-for-profits organizations, grass roots organizations, environmental activists, etc., it seems that these types of organizations have been trending towards the servant leadership style in the way that they view leadership and the way to treat their people, the causes they care for, and the communities around them. 

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” Mother Teresa

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The Latin words primus inter pares means “first among equals” and best describes a servant leader.  In Robert Greenleaf’s essay,The Servant as Leader he states:“It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant–first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.”

Are you a servant leader? 

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

 

The Power in Volunteer/Community Service/Service Learning Work Part II November 1, 2013

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Part II of this series has to deal with community service/involvement.  Community service has been a tradition for quite some time and it involves working without any pay for the greater good of the community.  This service is usually directed toward local issues where other volunteer organizations are mostly focused on larger issues/problems from city, state, and the world.  The idea behind community service is that when a person gives of his/herself without expecting anything in return and is each person were to give just a little in their own backyard well then the world would be a much better place because of that service.  When people reach out to the community through service then it inspires others to reach out too!  All-in-all, community service helps build stronger communities. I don’t know about you but when I am involved within the community I am much happier.

There are numerous reasons why people are engaged in community service but whatever the reason it is the community that benefits.  This service can range from cleaning up trash along a roadside, helping read to children at the local library, reaching out the the elderly, working at the local food pantry, or tutoring someone in need just to name a few.  This service can be any length of time that you want it to be unless there are requirements mandated for various reasons.

Contact local agencies and/or organizations such as: churches, local schools. government, and charitable programs.  There is always a need within the community for community service as long as you are ready, willing, and able to reach out to help.

For more information regarding community service, please visit this website: http://www.ehow.com/how_2241582_get-involved-community-service.html.