How do we look at elections through the lens of Serving Leadership?
It’s not easy. By their nature, politicians seem to be invoking a power model. That is, they are pursuing power.
One of the important questions is ‘Why?’ Why are they pursuing power? When an elected official calls themselves a ‘public servant’ there is a temptation to snicker. The power and perks, as well as the incredible prestige and lifetime of connections make it harder to believe.
How do we find those who want to serve over those who simply desire to acquire and hold on to power?
Maybe it isn’t about which candidate we choose.
I’d suggest that trying to change our nation by choosing the correct candidate might be like trying to harvest crops in the fall from a field that was never planted in the spring. We’ve joined the process too late.
Our focus as Serving Leaders is on changing the situation right in front of us. We should be serving those we are responsible for right now. As Serving Leaders we need to be serving not just our bosses, but our staff, our families, the people in our neighborhoods, and especially the people we see underrepresented-the interns, our children, and even that one guy that always takes my favorite parking spot. We are trying to change culture by changing how we treat the people we are leading.
It is not about getting them to do what we want, but providing them with the opportunity to do what they want. Ask those around you what their goals and dreams are. As Serving Leaders, we want to help those around us see how their dreams can fit into the group's larger dream, while making it possible for those individual dreams to happen.
If enough leaders pursue a serving model we change culture. Change culture and we get Serving Leaders at all levels, because people refuse to be led by any other kind of leader. Expecting culture and leadership in America to change without taking the initiative to change those around us for the better is like wanting a community garden but refusing to touch the dirt yourself. It takes many people to change a culture, but that change starts with you.