Servant leadership is not merely transactional. It’s purely relational.

John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence.” True servant leadership though trumps influence as it shows genuine interest in the lives and concerns of the people they’re leading. 

How could you truly help people if you don’t know what kind of help they really need?

Relationships require lots of quality time and intentional effort.

How could you fully guide them towards a specific direction if you don’t know yet where they’re coming from in the first place?

Sometimes, as human beings, we pick the kind of people we lead to have “the best dream team” possible, to achieve epic results.

On the other hand, God always chooses to lead and help the poor, the sick, and the needy.

Even with best intentions, there’s always an “opportunity cost” – neglecting the people who are truly helpless.

He doesn’t call the qualified but qualifies those whom He calls.

He uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. And uses the weak things to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27).

Leading is “giving” (service) before it becomes “receiving” (being followed). 

And you only know you’re genuinely giving when it already hurts.

What should you do if you’re serving under a bad leadership?

I say serve anyway…for God and not just for people. Because He knows what’s done in secret and your labor of love for God is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Anyone can serve. You don’t need a title to serve.

Everyone has a role to play. And in light of eternity, there’s no role too small.

If you’re hoping for promotion to a leadership position, God has His time and way. Just trust and obey Him. He’s got this all figured out.

Know who you’re serving.

Give until it hurts.

Receive and act on the role you’re cut out for. And every goal, big or small, will just fall into their proper places in due time.

Adrian is a professional Events Host, Writer, Teacher, and Change Catalyst. He's a world-class emcee creating fun, memorable, and meaningful events. As a change catalyst, his mission is to inspire personal development so people could have better lives with brighter future, against all odds. An IELTS- and TESOL-certified English Trainer, he's also a prolific Tagalog Tutor.