At Finding North Leadership we believe Jesus modeled a form of leadership that effectively accomplished results [i.e launching the largest movement the world has ever known] in a manner that served, empowered and brought life to others instead of dominating and exploiting them.  Servant leadership is rooted in a motivation of compassionate love and a deep sense of responsibility (stewardship).  When leaders lead from these places, they are able to create highly engaged, empowered and effective leader-follower relationships and organizational dynamics.  At the end of the day, as Robert Greenleaf says, the father of the modern servant leader movement, “The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?” [1] 

Its time to imagine a better version of leadership.  One that moves from self-focus and selfish-ambition to one that aspires to a legacy where the people entrusted to their care are more human, more alive, and more free.  Servant leadership does not mean leaders are soft on results, don’t get the job done or left in the dust in the competitive environment. Servant leadership actually offers a competitive advantage as those team members who are served well serve the customer better in the end.  We are servant leaders as a matter of principle, because the people we lead are worth it. We are also servant leaders as a matter of practice, because servant leadership creates greater customer satisfaction and loyalty in the end, generated by a more engaged workforce.  Read more about the Service-Profit Chain model in this Harvard Business Review Article