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The principles of servant leadership that can be found in Mark chapter 10 are principles that should be exemplified in our everyday practice. When James and John approached Jesus and asked to be placed in positions of prominence in his kingdom, one can only imagine that Jesus was disappointed. Per His teaching, the positions of greatness that James and John presumed to ask for were not at all what they believed. Jesus tried to teach his disciples this by saying that to achieve greatness in the kingdom of heaven, you must be a servant to those you seek to lead. The first shall be last, and the last shall be first, serving others, not lording your power over them, is true greatness (Mark 10:23-45, NIV). This wisdom regarding servant leadership given by Jesus to His disciples is reflected in the empirical studies of today. “Servant leadership offers a multidimensional leadership theory that encompasses all aspects of leadership, including ethical, relational, and outcome-based dimensions (Coetzer, Bussin & Geldenhuys, 2017).”
This author was once told a story by his wife, an RN who, at that time worked in the ICU. Katie (Mrs. Conley) recalled a patient that was admitted to her unit. The patient was dirty and smelled terrible. So, the first things she wanted to do was clean them up. Her unit had good teamwork and several of her co-workers came in and helped get the patient cleaned up and settled in. What she recalled about the patient was that he was fully cognizant and able to communicate. The fact that the patient was completely lucid made the actions of one of her co-workers infinitely more embarrassing. While they were getting him undressed and bathed, this one co-worker made several comments about his bad smell and overall lack of cleanliness. My wife recalled the patient apologizing several times for his hygiene stating that he was unable to take very good care of himself. Katie told him he had nothing to apologize for stating that she and her coworkers would take care of everything. Finally, Katie pulled the critical nurse aside and thanked her for her help but informed her that she and the other nurses would handle it from there.
Helping patients, especially when they can’t take proper care of themselves is a prime example of servant leadership. According to (Gotsis & Grimani), six key characteristics that are reflected in servant leadership are: empowerment, humility, authenticity, interpersonal acceptance, providing direction and stewardship (2016). While my wife was quite irritated by that rather critical nurse, she and her other co-workers were able to exemplify the previously mentioned characteristics of servant leadership.
As a person who one day hopes to be more than just a manager, but a leader, one can only strive to exemplify servant leadership like my wife and most of her co-workers. As a new manager, this author hopes to reflect the characteristics of servant leadership by making the effort to be at every meeting, being willing to step right in and help struggling employees when needed, and by being constructive not carelessly derogative with commentary. From personal experience, when one can rely on a manager to act as a leader and have their back, one is able to endure longer and produce greater effort. This is the heart of being a servant leader. Through service in leadership, one can empower those around them so that they are able to achieve greater versions of themselves.
Coetzer, M., Bussin, M., & Geldenhuys, M. (2017). The Functions of a servant leader. Administrative Sciences, 7(1), 5. doi: 10.3390/admsci7010005
Gotsis, G., & Grimani, K. (2016). The role of servant leadership in fostering inclusive organizations. Journal of Management Development, 35(8), 985-1010. doi: 10.1108/jmd-07-2015-0095