Recognizing this, I will strive to intentionally develop relationships, always working to add value to those around me. I will seek to understand others, and to understand the context within which I lead. I will live as servant first (Greenleaf, 2002), and through that service, I will strive for transformation—first in myself, as well as for those I lead. I will honor those around me while living out the values I hold. Above all, I will trust God, giving him glory and praise in all things.
In working toward this, I will seek:
• to understand my culture, context, and constituency by developing trust (Greenleaf, 2002); understanding the expectations of my constituency by listening and engaging in open dialogue (Freire, 2000; Horsman, 2013; Kouzes & Posner, 2011); and being accessible to those around me (Horsman, 2013).
• to live as servant first by exhibiting the qualities of a servant leader: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to growth, building community (Greenleaf, 2002); and following Jesus’ admonition to serve all people, not just those like me (Mark 9:35).
• to honor the intrinsic value of all people by humbly accepting advice and assistance from those in my midst, recognizing that every person has something to offer; valuing differences (Spears & Lawrence, 2002); accepting that “no human is exempt from failure” (Kouzes & Posner, 2011, p. 148) and being willing to practice forgiveness; and honoring the opinions and ideas of others—even those with whom I disagree.
• to live out the values and character I profess by demonstrating compassion (Horsman, 2013); understanding what it is that I stand for, using those values as my anchor in every decision making process to live with integrity and credibility (Kouzes & Posner, 2011; Thompson, 2000); and accepting responsibility for my thoughts, words, and actions (Horsman, 2013).
• transformation and growth through all situations by valuing the roles of both community and solitude; and embracing “devastation as a seedbed for new life” (Palmer, 2004, p. 17) while journeying toward wholeness.
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Horsman, J. (2013). Foundations of servant leadership: ORGL 530 Course Notes. Electronically retrieved from: https://learn.gonzaga.edu.
Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2011). Credibility: How leaders gain and lose it, why people demand it. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Palmer, P. (2004). A hidden wholeness: The journey toward an undivided life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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Thompson, M. (2000). The congruent life: Following the inward path to fulfilling work and inspired leadership. Hoboken: Jossey-Bass.