Memorial Day and Servant Leadership


Be-Strong-in-the-LordI have always associated Memorial Day with honoring the sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Services. Mostly my focus was the “armed” part and not the “service” part. Reading emails and watching our sunset, a new vision of Memorial Day dawned on me.
Lately, I have noticed some ex-military friends turned business leaders continue their armed service in a servant leadership sort of way.
They still do battle but in a different way. The have traded their M-1’s, flak jackets, and helmets for new armor. They put on “the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the footwear of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.¹” They go to battle everyday against the forces that could hold back their team’s potential.
These leaders serve their teams with “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.²”
And they are winning the battle. These leader’s organizations are growing, and their employees are more engaged than their competition.
I will always be grateful for our Armed Services. I am also grateful for the additional branch of armed service called Servant Leadership. Happy Memorial Day!

¹ Ephesians 6:13-17 NIV

² Galatians 5:17 NIV

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About pro356rick

I am the founder of Pro356 Consulting which focuses on promoting organizational wellness, productivity, and profitability. I hope to share insights I have learned from so many others in living my life. If they prove useful to anyone, then my time here is well spent. While I have a Harvard MBA, I think I learned quite a bit as a 11 year old paper boy. And I know I will learn from anyone who comments back. Wishing you a masterpiece day, Rick
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2 Responses to Memorial Day and Servant Leadership

  1. Joey Havens says:

    Rick, this post touched my heart in so many ways and your focus on servant leadership is so refreshing. Excellent way to honor those who have given so much. Great insights. Thanks for sharing from the hear.

    • pro356rick says:

      Joey,
      Thanks for you comment, and I am enjoying your posts as well. I see now why Barney Hebert told me Horne reflected your leadership. If you ever get down to the Mobile/Fairhope area, I would love to buy a cup of coffee. The best is ahead,

      Rick

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