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Personal career advancement can stifle a desire to truly be a servant leader

What are ways that the need for recognition can stifle servant leadership?
Only a small number of employees do not want to get recognized. These employees are usually the ones who have given up trying to get ahead. Employees that want to get recognized are especially the ones who were once managed and then became managers. Managers are usually more driven to be recognized because they worked hard to be in the position they are in. Managers can stifle servant leadership by trying too hard to impress. That means doing whatever they can to be recognized instead of practicing servant leadership. There are managers that will yell or threaten an employee’s job so the department will achieve a goal so that the manager will get recognized. Managers that only want recognition can find ways to fire a great employee if they think that employee gets too much recognition and if their job is threatened. Basically these types of managers do not want to serve they want someone to serve them. These types of leaders think more about themselves than about others including the corporation or business they work for. 

Teacher Comment: Are there cultural or personality-driven reasons for shunning recognition?
A good example of man-centered management…toxic to all.
This takes time and relationship to see the differences here. But a good point.
Might we lose focus if we do this?

How can personal career advancement stifle a desire to truly be a servant leader?
To be a good servant leader a leader must know his employees and work environment. If a leader is put into a new role than this leader will need some time to get accustomed to the new position. For the leader it may take some time to learn the new job instead of practicing servant leadership. A leader will also need to get to know all employees they will work with or they will not use servant leadership properly. One employee may need to be lead a little different than the next. Career advancement causes change not only for the servant leader but also for the employees that the leader will lead. That is why a leader that is put into a new position may not be accepted or trusted immediately by others, which causes stress for the leader. Creating a good first impression is a must to gain quick acceptance. 

In the midst of a busy life and daily schedule, what are some of the practical steps that you can take to become a better servant leader?
One of the biggest qualities a servant leader can have is respect for others. Without respect a servant leader will not be able to serve others properly. One way to learn respect is to learn other cultures in order to understand them. Must be open to new ideas and respect other ways of doing things. To treat everyone with respect good listening skills are of most importance. Listening can be very difficult especially if something is of no interest. One easy way to practice listening is to take 30 minutes out of each day and listen to everything someone has to say, even if it is boring. Another way is to count all the umms and ahhs a person says. Replying to everyone’s messages is also important. Some managers will not respond right away to an employee’s email. Some will not respond at all. Not replying to an email or instant message is a form of ostracism and shows a lack of respect. A servant leader serves through respect. 

Teacher Comment:
This week we have seen a good discussion of the questions—questions that we can relate to and, for many, attest to as we seek to serve and lead. For example, in regards to the first question, the need for recognition is something we can all identify with, at least at some level. And organizationally, there is a reason that genuine praise has been shown to motivate most people—it satisfies a basic human desire to be acknowledged for a job well done. It is when this need is foremost in our minds, when it consumes us and supersedes our desire to serve, when the desire to be “seen of men” chokes the desire to be pleasing to our Lord, that the difficulties come. Jesus cautioned those that did very good things—like fast and pray and give—to do those things from a willing heart, not just to be seen by others. One way to keep this tendency in check is to recognize that there is a God who created us, shaped us, and positioned us to receive such praise, and it is then that we can reflect the praise we receive back to Him and glorify Him for His marvelous doings in our lives. You did a good job on the original post overall. Your answers were complete and addressed the questions at hand. I encourage you to make connections to our class resources to support your answers as well. And your peer replies reflected back to the author effectively and included some good discussion. Again, I just encourage you to include some support from our resources or scripture to help advance the discussion. Thank you for reflecting on this and sharing your thoughts and answers to these questions. I enjoyed reading your post.

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