A few years ago I swore to myself that I would not become one of those "fat cats" who rises into a role of leadership and then kicks back in his office and barks out orders. Instead, I wanted to serve and serve well. I wanted to pass the trash test of leadership: to be willing to do even the most menial task out of humility rather than arrogance.
Howard Butt talks this week about how good leaders ultimately give themselves away. They support the foot soldiers and colleagues who the world might see as "lesser". Why? Because the good leader knows that his ability to lead is built on respect and respect comes via a transparent lifestyle. Transparency needs service in order to cultivate humility.