Valentine’s Day reminds us as Servant Leaders of “love in action.” It’s good to have the great feelings and emotions of love but it’s the actions of love that demonstrate our care and concern for others through service. In the Bible we find a chapter that has been called the “Love chapter” (I Corinthians 13) which defines love in terms of how we treat others. These characteristics or qualities of love point us to the behaviors of Servant Leadership and how we can best serve others in a loving way.
“Love is patient” – Servant leaders patiently listen to understand so as to take the time to best meet the needs of those they love.
“Love is kind” – Servant Leaders demonstrate respect and care in their speech and in their actions towards those they love.
“Love is not jealous” – Servant Leaders do not discount the achievements of others but praise and encourage those who succeed.
“Love does not boast” – Servant Leaders are humble and serve for the sake of others. They look for ways to encourage and equip others instead of talking about themselves.
“Love is not rude” – Servant Leaders demonstrate respect and show dignity for every person and every role.
“Love is not self-seeking” – Servant Leaders focus on mutual benefit and how they can help others grow and get better.
“Love is not easily angered” – Servant Leaders “think about their thinking” so that they can pause and reflect before responding to people or situations, in order to do so appropriately.
“Love does not keep a record of wrongs” – Servant Leaders forgive and seek to restore relationships when possible. They don’t hold grudges or harbor bitterness, but seek to right wrongs when possible and move forward in positive ways.
“Love always perseveres” – Servant Leaders are those who seek to influence people with a non-anxious presence, so as to inspire them to keep moving forward in positive ways in order to get better.
“Love never fails” – Servant Leaders are those who never give up on those they love, but continue to look for ways to serve in healthy and productive ways.
As you think about love and talk about love, consider how you can best show your love to others by being a Servant Leader.