He Comes to Serve...
This piece by sculptor, Timothy Smaltz, best illustrates, for me, the idea of servant-leadership. The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The best test is: do those served grow as persons: do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or, at least, not be further deprived? (Greenleaf, 1977/2002, p. 27)
As a Catholic leader, it is important for me to demonstrate through my character, the way I speak, the way I conduct myself, how I relate to staff, students, parents, the community at large, my ability to be flexible and my passion for learning, that I am not just leading the learning, but that my role is to serve.