About 20 years ago, my father in law was visiting our church. We had a meal event after the service. As the meal was finishing up, I grabbed a broom and started cleaning up. He called me aside and told me that I shouldn’t be doing that, I should allow others to do the clean up. I told him that it was important for me to exemplify servant leadership.
But here’s the thing: I wasn’t being a servant leader, I was hiding behind servant leadership.
I am an introvert, so my first preference is to do something other than engage with people. I called it servant leadership, but in reality, I was in my comfort zone.
Servant leadership is not necessarily doing what others don’t want to do; it is doing what you don’t want to do, but need to do.
My father in law was correct (as usual). It wasn’t that I was too good to sweep up, it was that I was more needed interacting with people.
How will you serve? My advice is, find something that really needs to be done but you don’t want to do. Then serve.