Image: happykanppy / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Teams follow a leader but they will run through a brick wall for a "servant leader." Title and position will get people to listen. Caring and investing will get people to follow.  Leadership skills can hold things together...but a leader who serves his team and who rolls up his own sleeves to serve alongside his team will experience a whole new level of "followship." I've seen too many leaders fall into the rut of administrative duties and behind-the-scenes responsibilities.  These are important, and must be done, but the leader who is also willing to get out in the trenches with the rest of the staff earns a new level of respect. At camp this includes loading the equipment truck, helping set up track times, and counting camp store inventory.  Nobody expects the director to do all these things every time but when the leader does some of these things SOMETIMES, it conveys that he has the heart that is willing to do any of them anytime. That is what creates followers that raise their level of commitment to match the director's level of commitment to the vision.  These teams are not easily distracted. They require little motivation.  They serve without complaining and they continually seek ways to improve their level of service.  You might say they would even run through a brick wall if it was what the leader asked of them.

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Teams follow a leader but they will run through a brick wall for a "servant leader."

Title and position will get people to listen. Caring and investing will get people to follow.  Leadership skills can hold things together...but a leader who serves his team and who rolls up his own sleeves to serve alongside his team will experience a whole new level of "followship."

I've seen too many leaders fall into the rut of administrative duties and behind-the-scenes responsibilities.  These are important, and must be done, but the leader who is also willing to get out in the trenches with the rest of the staff earns a new level of respect.

At camp this includes loading the equipment truck, helping set up track times, and counting camp store inventory.  Nobody expects the director to do all these things every time but when the leader does some of these things SOMETIMES, it conveys that he has the heart that is willing to do any of them anytime.

That is what creates followers that raise their level of commitment to match the director's level of commitment to the vision.  These teams are not easily distracted. They require little motivation.  They serve without complaining and they continually seek ways to improve their level of service.  You might say they would even run through a brick wall if it was what the leader asked of them.

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