LEADERSHIP, WHAT DOES YOUR HEART TELL YOU?
CARMINA S. CRUZ
Many books were published, quotes and anecdotes that define leadership. But what does it really mean to you? Why is it that despite the many great leaders formula of success, there are still leadership shortage that we see, hear and even encounter in our own world of work? Leadership can be delineated in varied ways depending on how you perceive it and what you believe in. Personally, I believe that leadership is serving. A leader should think like a servant. Serving others not himself or herself. Not to be served but serve. In the book, “The Multiplication Challenge” by Steve Murrell and William Murrell, defining leadership as serving is even more fundamental than the popular and helpful mantra: Leadership is influence. Serving should precede influence in a biblical understanding of leadership. Jesus seemed to teach influence not as an end but rather as a means- means to serve. Influence is the what of leadership and service is the why of leadership. We train people to become leaders. We capacitate them to gain knowledge and enhanced their skills for them to fit in the job. But one should not forget the very foundation of one leader should possess – is to have a “heart to serve”.
-oOoThe author is Principal I at Del Carmen National High School