INSIDE: Servant Leadership
Leading the Way: Servant Leadership
Josh Sorbe, National President
With EMPOWER as the national theme, FCCLA members are encouraged to use their personal “mepower” through servant leadership to make an impact in their families, schools, and communities. We’re challenged with the task of encouraging others to reach their fullest potential, which helps us reach ours, too. So what’s the secret to empowering others through servant leadership?
I remember the first time I saw the impact of FCCLA youth servant leadership and was inspired by youth leaders wanting to empower others. It was my freshman year, and I had just joined FCCLA (mainly for free pizza at chapter meetings… but that’s another story). I attended the 2012 National Cluster Meeting in Oklahoma City (geez, saying that makes me feel nostalgic). After hearing the motivational words from the National Executive Council on stage, I realized that I wanted to follow in their footsteps and become a national officer my senior year. I wanted to encourage other youth to step out of their comfort zones and become the best that they can be. The passion that I saw from the NEC to inspire and serve others as servant leaders, putting others first and making sure that their needs were satisfied, made the free pizza just a sideline for the opportunities available in FCCLA. Servant leaders are great at empowering and inspiring others.
Developing your servant leadership qualities will help you to empower others to be ultimate leaders.
So how you can you become a more effective servant leader? Check out my tips below.
- Observe. Look for strengths and weaknesses in your peers, whether it be in teamwork, organization, time management, etc. Find ways to improve their weaknesses and show off their strengths.
- Recognize that every individual has value. Diversity in opinion and personality brings productive discussion and ensures that an issue is evaluated from every angle. By having different types of people working together, decisions have a stronger rationale (and you also learn how to work with different types of people).
- Delegate. Servant leaders are great at this. By assigning tasks to others, it shows that a servant leader has faith in the person to do the job well. It also gives the people you’re guiding a chance to improve their skills.
- Encourage. Like the saying goes, save the best for last. I put this one at the end of the list because I think it’s the most critical. Since servant leaders are focused on their peers, they also spend a lot of time encouraging them to step up. A servant leader would like to see a new member conduct a successful project, rather than conducting it themselves. I’ve found that simply telling someone “you can do it” can make a huge difference.
By following these steps, you’ll become a stronger, well-rounded servant leader empowering others to reach their full potential.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and EMPOWER!
– Josh Sorbe, National President