Serving Others Is How To Be A Leader

We each have the ability to serve others in our lives. Our ability to change lives comes from the time and effort we are willing to put into the service we give others.  Leaders understand that serving others is not about receiving credit or accolades for the service, rather, we serve because we feel the need to give back and pay it forward without fan fare, we are not looking for a return in kind favor either. We create the ability to give opportunities to leaders – to allow others to be a leader within. Our leadership and service is a lifelong result of our need to give back. We want to serve in this way so that we can contribute to changing lives better than we found them.  Leaders have developed ways to give back – whether it’s mentoring, volunteering our time and gifts or just being of assistance when the need arises. Leaders understand that service is our passage to giving value to others.

When we serve others, we receive as much back as the person or organization we are serving. Giving is receiving when you put the needs of others before yourself.

Leaders must have a vision and the ability to identify opportunities to drive and influence positive change. To give only because “it’s the right thing to do” or because you feel that you must have community service function of your organization not a vision that will reap results, rather it makes you look like you are just giving lip service to the idea of giving.  Leaders must have a map and drive culture change within their organization to spawn the mantra of service to others to all team members.  Serving others is more than writing a check and taking the tax credit. Money cannot equal time and value that you can provide others. Leaders must create ways for others to participate that is meaningful – both for the organization and individuals.

 

Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development. As the Founder and Director of Business BEALEADER, I bring my experience to the table to expand the knowledge base for those seeking to find their own leader within. In 2011, I created BEALEADER to be a platform for individuals to share their expertise and leadership to make others better by being a resource of business, career and marketing solutions for those who are just starting out or maybe have a “few” years under their belt and need keep their skills fresh. In addition to the BEALEADER platform, I have developed the business units BEALEADER Business Services, which provides marketing, business development and human resource management services and BEALEADER Executive Coaching Services, which provides one on one and group coaching services to executives and individuals. These business units expand our ability and brand to make others better as we reach out to our audience with these unique product offerings. In 2014, I was named to the Inc.com list of Top 101 Leadership Speakers and I have written for several publications such as Yahoo! Small Business, Business 2 Community and others. I have also co-hosted several podcasts and in 2015 will be hosting the BEALEADER podcast for our audience as well.
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  • January 29, 2013

    dadofdivas (@dadofdivas)

    I try and pay it forward whenever I can as I see how much this can make a difference. It is like the concept of Chaos Theory and Butterfly effects. Each little action can have a HUGE ripple effect in the end!

  • January 29, 2013

    Jennifer Olney

    Every action has a reaction. The more we can serve others, the better we serve ourselves. Our service doesn’t have to be grand, even a small offering can have a big effort. Thank you so much

  • January 30, 2013

    Kenna Griffin (@profkrg)

    Servant leadership is absolutely the way to go. We teach this through all programs/classes at the liberal arts university where I teach. I love the idea of not only creating future leaders, but instilling in them the importance of giving back to the people and community that supports them. If everyone did this, it truly would be world changing.

  • January 30, 2013

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Kenna. We have a generation now that is just starting out that has a strong belief in giving back – and we need to harness their power for the future. Teaching servant leadership starts very young and the habit stays with you if you perform the acts regularly.

  • February 2, 2013

    jsncruz

    You know what they say, “to be followed, one must first have followed.” Really powerful saying, that one is. I try my best to be the best leader I can be for my team at work and sometimes it can be very challenging. I try to understand where they’re coming from based on where I was when I was new to the working world like they are right now. It makes things easier 🙂

  • February 3, 2013

    Jennifer Olney

    Leadership is challenging. We have to understand how our influence is felt with others – and that means getting into the trenches of people to hear and understand their needs.