You Serve Others – Who Serves You?

It seems like you serve others while others serve themselves.

  1. You stay late; others go home on time.
  2. You adapt; others make demands.
  3. You work to resolve conflict; others clash over trivialities.
  4. You think about what’s best for others; others think about what’s best for themselves.

You serve others. Who serves you?

Serve others:

Don’t expect team members to serve you. Expect them to serve each other.

Teams serve leaders when they serve each other – while they serve customers.

Successful leaders create environments where teammates serve each other.

Questions for team meetings:

  1. What do you admire about the person to your left or right? Servant-leaders honor others. Help your team honor each other.
  2. Who’s stuck? What might we do to get the wheels turning again? (If no one is stuck, you aren’t reaching high enough.)
  3. How might we better serve each other? Generate a list of three of four items and put one into practice.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if teams tried to outdo each other in service to each other?

You’d hear things like:

  1. How can I help?
  2. What can I do to be useful?
  3. Who might I know that could help?
  4. What’s slowing you down? Maybe I can help.

Yes but:

Service isn’t doing someone’s job for them. Service is helping others reach higher, faster, easier. Service is pulling the rope with someone, not for someone.

Service that enables drifters and slackers demotivates.

Receiving honor:

When you receive honor, turn others toward serving others.

Show gratitude. “I’m thankful for your honor.” Turn outward. “The thing I’m most thankful for is your service to each other.”

Great leaders display an outward mindset.

Giving honor:

When you see others serving others, honor it. “I noticed how you stepped up when Jeff faced a new challenge. Thank you.”

How might leaders create environments where teammates serve each other?