Servant-leadership is not about a personal quest for power, prestige, or material rewards. Servant-leadership has its focus on the true motivation of serving others. Rather than controlling or wielding power, the servant-leader works to build a solid foundation of shared goals by (1) listening deeply to understand the needs and concerns of others; (2) working thoughtfully to help build a creative consensus; and (3) honoring the paradox of polarized parties and working to create: third right answers that rise above the compromise of ‘we/they” negations and thinking. The focus of servant-leadership is on sharing information, building a common vision, self-management (emotional maturity), high levels of inter-dependence, learning from mistakes, encouraging creative input from team members, and questioning present assumptions and mental models you have carried with you from previous organizations. It is this focus of being out for the success of others that makes this approach to team development a disciple-making process versus just forming another group that does a task. Because we at our church are for the development of people equipping them to reaching another stage of maturity in Christ our understanding of doing task as servant-leaders is that “we do task to get people done.”
This is from a short article from the Bayside Lincoln Campus “Weekly Progress Report” August 18, 2014.