- Book Summary: The Servant by James C. Hunter
A very good friend of mine recommended this book to me. At the time of reading this book I was going through a lot of major changes in my life. I was travelling in Nepal doing the Manaslu Trek with a couple of very generous Nepali friends. I will share some of the photos and videos of my trip as well as some quotes I collected from the book. I hope you all enjoy
Victor Hugo famously remarked, “there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come”.
It all boils down to one simple little rule you learned a long time ago. and that simple rule is to treat people the way you would want to be treated. The Golden Rule.
Management is what you do; leadership is the person you are and the influence and impact you have upon the people you come into contact with. Management is not synonymous with leadership. Leadership is synonymous with influence.
Leadership is an influence process.
Being the servant is simply the business of identifying and meeting the legitimate needs, not their wants- being their servant, not their slave. [referenced to the people who follow you as a leader]
Food, water, and shelter are the basic needs, but people have higher-level needs as well. Like the need to be appreciated, respected, valued, communicated with, encouraged, listened to. They also need accountability, including healthy boundaries, rules of the house, consistency, and honesty about their performance. Feedback is a huge human need.
When you identify and meet the legitimate needs of others, you will build influence with them. It is the law of the Harvest- you reap what you sow. when you sow service and sacrifice by identifying and meeting needs, you will reap influence.
Jim Collins found two qualities in all of the great leaders. Humility, described as “other-focused” (focusing on others rather than selfishness); and second a strong professional will to do the right thing for their people and for their organization (aka character).
In the climax of ‘The Servant’, leadership, character, and love are synonymous. Love is patience, kindness, humility, respectfulness, forgiveness, honesty, and commitment.
Leadership is a skill, a learned or acquired ability. it is not something you are born with.
Like any skill, leadership has to be practiced regularly in order to develop the skill and facilitate true change.
Think of the qualities of a great leader; humility, respect, self-control, honesty, commitment, determination, gratitude, and communication skills.
Leadership has little to do with your style (personality) and everything to do with your substance (character).
Character is having the moral maturity to do the right thing even if it costs you something – especially if it costs you something, because it can not be an act of character unless it costs you something.
The key is to get people practicing the new behaviours even if they have to fake it to make it.
Foundation “Set the standard” of what great leadership looks like. what is it you wish to change and become? what are the principles you are committed to? what is it that you truly believe?
Feedback “Identify the gaps” between where you are now and where you need to be as an effective leader.
Friction “Eliminate the gaps” between where you are now and where you need to be . Write two measurable goals around the gap.
“You are either green and growing or you are ripe and rotting.” Pick one, because nothing living stays the same. even if you think you are the same as you were last year, the world is moving by such a high rate of speed that by definition you are going backwards!
As Ghandi put it, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
All the bullet points provided were written by Jim Hunter. I do not necessary agree with everything in this book, but I took away a lot of key points from it. These points that I underlined during my reading are my key takeaways and I wish to have them encrypted on the steemit blockchain in order to always be able to go back and revisit them! Happy reading people.