Greenleaf was clear that ‘appropriate withdrawal’ is crucial for the person who seeks to be a servant-first and perhaps to then be called to be a servant-leader. Greenleaf also said that ‘awareness is important’ and that ‘to refuse to examine the assumptions one lives by is immoral.’ He also asks us to hold this question: ‘When is serving potentially immoral?’
So, gentle reader, given this, I invite you to stop, step-back and take some time for reflection. I will provide you with a number of questions to hold and reflect upon. Your responses to these question will not be ‘one-off’; these are what I call some of our ‘Essential Life Questions.’ They are questions we are challenged to hold and respond to during our lifetime.
As a Servant-first, what are two or three ‘core values’ that you hold [a core value is a value that to the best of our ability we will never compromise]?
As a Servant-first, what are two or three core guiding life-principles that you follow?
As a Servant-first, when the pressure is on, what is your default (reactive) response [e.g. coercion, manipulation, persuasion, influence]? What is the direct impact of your response upon yourself and upon the other(s)?
Overall, does the way you lead get you what you want? What do you want?
What sort of things about yourself might lead you to make a decision with poor results?
When are you open to being influenced by the voices that do not resonate with you – or that are outright disturbing to you? What keeps you from being open to being influenced by these voices?
When is serving potentially immoral?