In America, we take a long weekend each late spring to celebrate Memorial Day.
It is a time of somber reflection combined with family cookouts and a break from routine to celebrate and remember the fallen heroes of wars defending freedom and liberty.
Memorial Day is filled with parades, remembrances, and fond family times. For those who have lost ones in military exchanges or who are dealing with wounded warriors, this time is emotionally difficult and filled with pain, sorrow, and longing for times past.
In an effort to convey the proper emotions and sentiments for this day, I searched the web to bring you a short segment well worth your time viewing.
This video segment strikes me to the core of what true leadership is all about: Sacrifice.
When a man or woman signs up to serve for the fight for freedom and liberty and their country, they are showing the rest of us what personal sacrifice for a greater good looks like. They are putting on the heavy armor of service and shedding the selfish varnish of comfort. They toil from the moment they wake until the time they get a moment of rest.
And MANY die in between those waking moments of discomfort, sweat, and sacrifice.
And it is in this recipe of service toward a greater good that servant leadership is exhibited. There is no better example of leadership than in those who would die for perfect strangers in order to allow those strangers to be free.
Servant leadership is the highest form of leadership. And it should be honored in the highest regard!
Watch This Video
Watch this video. Pray for those families who have sacrificed the greatest in the giving of their loved one(s). Look at the faces of people in this piece. And when you do, understand what true servant leadership means.
- It is not about position
- It is not about reward
- It is not about rights
- It is not about self
Servant leadership is about serving others outside of self for a greater good.
Now, take this model of self-sacrifice to the ones you lead in the marketplace. Take this model to your home. And take it to your spirit. It will do everyone around some good.
Hey Troops, Keep up the God Work!
Tom Schulte is Executive Director of Linked 2 Leadership
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Image Sources: arlingtoncemetery.net
- Memorial Day 2011 (chicagonow.com)
- What does Memorial Day mean to you? (timesunion.com)
- “National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Marietta” and related posts (ethunter1.blogspot.com)