In a world that is all about me, me, me, it’s odd to see a complete 180 statement about the question, but not just any question. Lifes. Most. Urgent. Question. Welp, that’ll grab someone’s attention. Isn’t that the most common thought though? What is my purpose? What am I supposed to be doing? Well, Martin Luther King Jr. will tell you to ask yourself this instead, “Life’s most urgent question is this, what are you doing for others?” Truly pause here for a moment. What are you doing for others? This is not a time to look at the most influential people you know of and see that they are doing a lot for others. This is a time for you to look at your life, as you currently sit, and ask yourself, “What are you doing for others?”
Take your time.
Now that you’ve thought, please for goodness sake, don’t let that little voice inside your head (the one that tells you all the crap you tend to believe) tell you, “Don’t listen to him or her”. There’s got to be something or a handful of things you are doing for others? Do you have a partner in life? Do you have kids? What about a team around you? Now, I challenge you to elevate that and do it even more and even more intentionally!
Be compassionate and deeply care about others. I don’t think that is a ludicrous statement and it should be a way of life for us. Being a servant leader and someone who is looked up to deeply cares about people. They care about what you are doing, how you are feeling, and I hope someday you feel that from someone, I hope it will be me, but find someone who deeply cares about you!
Listen. That’s all, just listen. My gosh, we have become a society of people who interrupt and have a certain amount of time we each have made up in our minds of how long the other person should be talking for. Then when that time is up, we interrupt and insert our options and thoughts. Listening is extremely hard and I get it, I totally had an interruption struggle until that yearly ask I do with people close to me to tell me my blind spots, and that was one of them. But, gosh, I needed to hear it. Talking is so easy to do and listening goes directly against our nature. It is counterintuitive to listen and completely natural to talk. So, practice active listening and see what happens. You’ll probably be surprised.
It is by no mistake that you are a leader and better yet, that you are a servant leader. There are meaning and purpose in that and the team or community you have been blessed with was entrusted to you to take care of. In the episode, we give you some tangible examples and steps on how to be a great servant leader!
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