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Leadership Is About Being a Servant First


“Leadership is about being a servant first.” – Allen West

This year I am focusing on everyday leaders. Not those who hold a formal position of authority, but those of us who, through our behaviors, have the ability to influence and inspire those around us just by being us. This is the tenth installment of articles that focus on one specific behavior that can make a huge difference in our ability to impact the lives of others.

This month I want to talk about servanthood. What does servanthood have to do with being an everyday leader? The true designation of ‘leader’ is given to those who serve others. Everyday leaders serve those they work with, those on their teams, and those in their communities on a daily basis. They are the ‘helpers’ who everyone know they can depend on and trust.

So, what does servanthood look like in everyday leadership?


Everyday leaders are known for the support they offer to others. Whether you need a shoulder to lean on or someone to have your back, you can count on an everyday leader. They are in your corner cheering you on. This support allows the everyday leader to have a positive influence on those who they work with.


Lack of respect in the workplace is one of the greatest contributors to poor morale and decreased loyalty. When formal management fails to recognize and respect the valuable contributions of their employees, everyday leaders are there to pick up the slack. Everyday leaders know that respect is currency when it comes to working together to achieve shared goals. This wisdom allows everyday leaders to inspire those they work with.

Related: What Does Mentorship Have to Do With Being an Everyday Leader?


Everyone accomplishes more when they have a little encouragement. Everyday leaders show confidence in the abilities of others and encourage them to develop confidence in themselves. This encouragement earns everyday leaders the loyalty that formal leaders often lack.

Everyday leaders make an impact by serving others. They are able to influence others because of the support they offer. The respect they demonstrate toward everyone they work with gives them the ability to inspire others. They earn loyalty because of the encouragement they offer. Everyday leaders see the value in serving others and are willing to step into the servanthood void often ignored by those holding formal positions of authority.

How can you start being a servant today?

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