A few years ago I was asked to speak on “Leadership” to a women’s professional networking group within the Utility industry. To prepare for the topic, which of course is really quite broad, I randomly selected about a dozen women in the organization to talk with about leadership. I wanted to know whom they thought of when they thought of leaders in their life, if the women saw themselves as leaders, and how the women spent their time inside and outside of work.
Most of the women I spoke with were servants and most of them did not see themselves as leaders. They served from where they were in all aspects of life.
Serving is at the very heart of leadership. And this was the message that these women needed to hear most. It was by the very nature of their serving others that they were tapping into their leadership abilities. In their very service, they were being “called to the front” – essentially to serve as leaders.
They did not set out to lead, they set out to serve.