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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.