When I think about expertise in a field, one of my passions is to become an “expert” at servant leadership.  I first came across the principle of servant leadership when I joined BNI where I learned that that givers gain. Later, when I joined InHouston I was excited to be part of an organization where the organization’s leaders exemplify servant leadership in the Greater Houston area. Servant leadership is not a foreign subject to me, as I believe the ultimate servant leader is Jesus Christ. I have to admit that I was very comfortable with a servant leadership role at my church but I had not considered how it would affect my business. Once I saw how fulfilling it is to help others in my business and elsewhere, I can say that helping small business owners has become my passion. I freely share my knowledge and my network with the people that I meet. If a networking partner is looking for introductions – I introduce them to my network. If a client has potential needs – I introduce them to people who can help them. When I meet a new business owner – I introduce them to organizations like InHouston, BNI, and My Referral Network, and I introduce them to people who can help them.

 

Does servant leadership work? Absolutely, I recently attended an InHouston event at The Tasting Room where I was introduced to Javier Hernandez with Business Rising from Dallas, who was looking for introductions to CPA’s. Since I am a member of the Houston Women’s Society of CPA’s, I gave Javier the contact information for the organization’s president. A few weeks later, Javier saw a message from Eric Standlee who indicated that a friend of his was looking for a QuickBooks “blackbelt”.  Javier remembered that I am a Certified QuickBooks Proadvisor and gave my information to Eric who passed my contact information to his friend. As a result, I will now be doing some QuickBooks consulting for Eric Standlee’s friend.  Servant leadership absolutely works!

 

I’d like to be able to say one day that I am an “expert” at servant leadership. It is my passion and my purpose and I plan to continue developing my servant leadership skills and helping others. You too can work toward becoming an “expert” servant leader. You just need to be willing to help others and expect nothing in return other than the joy of helping others succeed.

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Comment by Buerkie Klokpah on April 17, 2011 at 2:04pm
great post!
Comment by Ma Alma Garza Cano on April 4, 2011 at 11:01am
Thank you, Veronica!  Absolutely!!  Beautifully and accurately stated.  Nos beneficiamos TANTO cuando damos sólo de corazón, sin esperar ningún beneficio!!  We gain so much when we give from our heart, without expecting anything in return.
Comment by David Charles on April 1, 2011 at 10:54pm

Beautifully expressed.

Comment by Rollis Fontenot III on April 1, 2011 at 9:44pm
Excellent post!

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Comment by Eric Standlee on April 1, 2011 at 9:09pm
Just checked and this post is the NUMBER 1 in content on InHouston!!!
Comment by Shayla Andreas on March 28, 2011 at 9:10am
What a great post. I couldn't agree more. Servant leadership is the way to network and give back to a community that has given so much to you. Good stuff!

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Comment by Joe Stiles on March 28, 2011 at 7:30am

Great job in describing Servant Leadership, Veronica

 

Joe

Comment by Roger Boneno on March 28, 2011 at 7:16am
Nice post Veronica.  It is always a pleasure to know that a connection I make works out for all!
Comment by Brandon Cordoba on March 28, 2011 at 4:07am
Great post Veronica reminds me of 1 of my favorite books:The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

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Comment by Eric Standlee on March 27, 2011 at 11:56pm
Sorry I just saw this. VERY good post. Keep them coming.

 

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