Serviam’s Lenten Recollection was attended by a significant number of members last March 22, 2014 at the San Carlos Lay Force Chapel, preceded by a ‘kumpisalangbayan’ with three (3) priests.
The afternoon affair was led by Fr. Anton, Serviam’s Spiritual Director. He led the community into a reflection on Lent and the ministrations of our faith – from encountering the Lord and transformation, to how confession is actually instantaneous transformation, and that the traditions of almsgiving, fasting, and the celebration of the Eucharist leading to the same.
He discussed that the Transformational Model of Servant Leadership is a journey, from Personal to One-On-One, to Team, and to Organizational Leadership.
His extensive discussion of the four (4) domains of Servant Leadership challenged each one present to question and reflect how we fare in the scheme of the 4 domains. (Blanchard & Hodges, 2003)
- Servants Heart. We need to ask if we are a servant leader or a self-serving leader. Jesus asks us our motivation and our reaction to how we handle feedback and plan our successors. If we are motivated by our ego and self ambition, we will handle feedback poorly because we value our public image, our position. A true Servant Leader with a Servant’s Heart acknowledges that the position is simply on loan to us, that feedback is a gift and not a threat; that a negative feedback if your motivation is grounded on Christ’s unconditional love, the feedback is used for improvement. A true Servant Leader plans for his successors, and does not hold on to a position of power. He knows that he is simply a steward of the position and therefore must transfer the reigns when needed.
- Servant’s Head. As Servant Leaders , our vision and values must be intertwined. Our belief system is that leadership is an act of service and where there is no vision, people perish. It was Cardinal Rosales who said, ‘it is treason for a leader to have no vision.’ Fr. Anton reminded us thatServiam is not a membership community but a leadership community.
- Servant’s Hands. A Servant Leader’s hands are that of action. We must act as performance coaches where we apply performance planning, day to day coaching, and performance evaluation to the lives of those who follow. Each of us journey through the learning stages of novice, apprentice, journeyman, and master/teacher.
- Servant’s Habits. A Servant Leader must have habits of solitude, of prayer, of study and applications of scripture, of trusting in God’s unconditional love and of involvement in supportive relationships.
Just as Jesus prayed in the desert, we too must be alone with God in extended periods of time to be able to listen to God through our souls. The habit of prayer is praying about everything. The habit of the study and application of scripture is both effective and effecting. We must hear, read, study, memorize, meditate and live the Word of God. The habit of trusting in God’s unconditional love is learned from the mantra, “To lead like Jesus, we must LOVE like Jesus” and that means loving the least, the last and the lost, our enemies, the cursed, the poor.