The Focus of Servant Leadership (Part 1 of 5)

Servant Leadership





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.

About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”
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