Thursday, March 7, 2013

Servant Leadership...Growth!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

In our last post we touched up a little bit on the principle of stewardship and the impact it makes on our lives as servant-leaders. We are now coming upon our ninth principle, growth. Slowly, but surely, I have taken the arduous task of breaking down the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership and this has been a fantastic experience for me as a servant-leader as I not only gained invaluable knowledge, but have also grown in this whole process, especially as a "rookie" blogger...:-). Here's the summary for our next principle, growth.

Commitment to the Growth of People - Servant-leaders believe that people have an intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions as workers. As such, servant-leaders are deeply committed to a personal, professional, and spiritual growth of each and every individual within the organization. 

Growth is such an essential part of our lives, not only as servant-leaders, but life in general. At the beginning of every year, so many of us make resolutions about the different goals we have in mind. This is great for a number of different reasons. One of those reasons is about making growth our goal. The above summary hits it right on the head when it points to the fact that servant-leaders believe that people have intrinsic value beyond any tangible contributions we make as workers. The next sentence in the summary drives the message on growth home.

"As such, servant-leaders are deeply committed to a personal, professional, and spiritual growth of each and every single individual within the organization."

It should be quite obvious to all of us that growth is an extremely essential part of our lives. Without growth in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives, we would only become stagnant. Growth is ALL 3 AREAS are intertwined. As Christian servant-leaders, our primary growth area should be our spiritual growth. This particular area is extremely critical given the fact that we have to get connected with God through prayer, fasting, the reading of His Word, and fellowship with our brothers and sisters-in-Christ. It is from this growth area where we would experience growth and maturity in the other areas of growth, personally and professionally. As Christians, growth SHOULD happen in the following order: 1)Spiritually; 2)Personally; 3)Professionally.

Growth very rarely happens quickly. Quite frankly, growth usually comes with growing pains. In some instances, there is sometimes more pain than growth. Sometimes the opposite is just as true. What it usually boils down to is how we approach the growth process. If the growth process is approached with a microwave mentality, we won't be well-done, more like medium rare. Now, if the growth process is really drawn out, our overall growth experience would most likely be immature.

Last year, I bought a book written by John C. Maxwell titled The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. I have just started reading this book and quite obviously I'm not going to be able to share every single detail in this book. So, what I can do is give you a complete rundown of all 15 Laws of Growth. I STRONGLY encourage you to buy the book, and if possible, share it with others you know. You regret it! With that said, here we go!...:-)

1)The Law of Intentionality - Growth Doesn't Just Happen.

2)The Law of Awareness - You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself.

3)The Law of the Mirror - You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself.

4) The Law of Reflection - Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You.

5)The Law of Consistency - Motivation Gets You Going----Discipline Keeps You Going.

6)The Law of Environment - Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings.

7)The Law of Design - To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies.

8)The Law of Pain - Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth.

9)The Law of the Ladder - Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth.

10)The Law of the Rubber Band - Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be.

11)The Law of Trade-Offs - You Have to Give Up to Grow Up.

12)The Law of Curiosity - Growth Is Stimulated by Asking Why?.  

13)The Law of Modeling - It's Hard to Improve When You Have No One but Yourself to Follow.

14)The Law of Expansion - Growth Always Increases Your Capacity.

15)The Law of Contribution - Growing Yourself Enables You to Grow Others.

There you have it my awesome friends! I know I left quite a list of "growth laws", but I cannot and will not water down your growth process. As a Christian blogger, I have a responsibility before God and before all of you, the readers, to contribute to your growth as a child of God (spiritually), as a person (personally), and as a professional (professionally). When we can concentrate our focus on growth as men and women-in-Christ, we will ultimately have the capacity to make waves in all three areas of our lives. As long as we stay IN CHRIST, we will grow together and give ourselves the chance to experience God in our lives in so many miraculous ways that we will have no other choice but to give Him all the praise, all the glory, and all the honor. Now that is what I call the TOTAL growth experience!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! I'm so excited about growing in all three areas with every single one of you! May God continue to bless you and keep you all! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)