Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Servant Spirit

Have you noticed that whenever we have one of our Atlantic or Gulf Coast hurricanes that the news organizations send "no-name" reporters to cover the event? It is seldom a prominent news anchor standing out there, holding on for dear life, and getting beaten by wind and rain. It’s the women and men you’ve never heard of who get these assignments.

 I can hear their bosses now as they send them into harm’s way: "I’m about to give you a great professional opportunity. You will be on national television. You will be broadcasting live from the eye of the storm."

And where are news assignment managers and the prominent news anchors? Back in the safety of the New York studio.

Here’s the point: Don’t ever send someone else to do something you think you are above doing yourself. The primary prerequisite for leadership is a servant spirit.

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