Focus Down to Move Up

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Written by Tino Hernandez

We have to humble ourselves and the way you do that is by serving other people.

Tim Tebow- American Ball Player-
March 17, 2017

We often direct the topic of service or serving to…well we direct our words to those who serve leaders, serve others in ministry, service employees, medical or social service workers.  Today I’d like to direct the topic of service to those who aspire to be leaders.

Many aspiring leaders tend to serve up and by that, I mean they serve those in authority over them. While this seems like the logical thing to do, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s not the best course of action to bring harmony and effectiveness to our teams.

While such service might bode well for our career and our bosses ego, it also leaves the team lacking the service that they need in order to produce as well as they could. If your output is acceptable to you, even though serving up is your policy, I’ll ask, could it be better with a change of focus on service? Could serving down be the magic bullet to propel your team to the next level?  Such an accomplishment would surely not go unnoticed.

Serving down in terms of looking out for the needs of the team that is downstream from yourself such as subordinates, assistants, supervisors, and the like.  Ensuring that you expend emotional capital, to borrow a term from Seth Godin, on them.  Taking the time to find a place of empathy towards the people on the front lines so that they not only see your presence but feel it in an authentic way.

Such servitude towards your fellow human being, in my estimation, is sure to pay dividends in terms of production and overall employee moral.  In my experience, this method of management and servitude has yet to fail.  I owe any success that I have garnered to the wonderful people who had enough faith to follow me.

Give it a try and let me know how things turn out for you.

Tino Hernandez

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