Servant: A Message to Those in the Trenches

The following post is the first in a series, part of a larger work that may one day be in book form. I'll be posting excerpts here periodically and would love your input on the subject matter, its relevance and continuity. Follow the "Servant Book" category in the navigation bar above to see all the posts in this series. Thanks for reading.

"The lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'" Matthew 25:21

Lead. Leader. Leadership. Conferences. Books. Forums. It seems like no matter which way you turn, there is another resource for leaders. How to become a leader, how to become a better leader, creating unity in a team, starting a business; everything is geared towards the leader.

Before continuing, know that I completely recognize the importance of solid leadership with integrity. It's vital to any business, organization or church. Poor leadership can cause the best company to fail. I've listened to endless podcasts on leadership, read articles and books, attended conferences; the whole nine yards. There is certainly no lack of quality material for leaders, and I encourage you leaders to seek it out and embrace it. But who are they leading?

All the qualities and skills of a great leader are only realized when there is someone, some team, to lead. Steve Jobs, arguably one of the most successful leaders of our time, left a company fully equipped to continue once he passed. Jobs' business and marketing prowess propelled Apple to become the number one technology company in the world; but everything did not rest on his shoulders.

Jonny Ive, Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall. You may not recognize these names, but they have all played huge roles in creating some of the devices that now makes Apple extremely profitable. Yes, they had a great leader to bring them together, but in turn they served with loyalty, drive and creativity.