Servant Leadership

servant leadership

As a person, a professional, and a mom I try my best to live as a servant leader—doing for others, keeping others’ needs in the forefront. I have to admit, I feel a sense of satisfaction when I’m able to help someone, whether it’s something small like opening a door for a person whose hands are full or spending hours in one-on-one time helping a student improve a scholarship essay that could potentially help them pay for college (a big life changer).

I try to model “doing for others” with my girls, especially so as they were growing up. Now that they’re older and off on their own, my prayer is that they remember my example and continue to see that in me. I tell ya, it’s a beautiful thing when I see or hear about something they’ve done to make another person’s day or week or whatever, a little more positive.

And I really enjoy hearing about others who strive to bring good and do good in our world and communities.
Over the weekend, while watching the Sunday morning news, I learned about one such person: Ariel Nessel, founder and board member of the Pollination Project.

http://thepollinationproject.org/grants-awarded-all/

Since its inception in January 2013, the Pollination Project has given “$1,000 seed grants to individual change makers, every day of the year, emphasizing projects that expand compassion in the world.” According to their mission statement, they believe in the “power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things.”

Wow, what a motivational statement!

Now, I’m not a vegan, so I have to say that I’m not 100% on board with all the organization’s ideas, but I love how they value “compassion consciousness.” Thinking about how your decisions and your choices affect others and the world around you. How many times have I reminded myself of that or mentioned a similar idea to my girls?
We could all benefit—heck, the world, our countries, our cities, our neighborhoods can benefit—if we all tried to sharpen our compassion consciousness a little more. At least on some level, in some manner.

As a mom, I strive to be an example of this for my girls.

In my day job, I strive to do the same.

As a writer, my hope is that a reader’s day will be happier or a stress in her life forgotten for a little while because she’s chosen to spend some time with my characters.

Servant leadership: to me it’s an important value.

I’d love to hear some other values you live by and try to instill in your kids. And if there are any other non-profits you participate with in some manner. There are so many great ones out there, let’s spread their good word today—and every day! 

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    prisakiss

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    I everyone! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the values and/or beliefs you strive to live by and model for others!

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    shanagalen

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    I think at my daughter’s age politeness and kindness are important. Including others and making them feel welcome. Trying to think of others’ feelings. We also give a lot through our church–toys, food, household items, etc. We talk a lot about giving to people who don’t have as much as we do.

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      prisakiss

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      That’s great, Shana. From simple ways to show others that you’re thinking of them or are thankful (politeness and kindness) to giving of self whether it’s time or tangible items (like you do for your church), I think it’s never too early to start showing our children how to live good lives. 🙂

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    emilymckay

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    What a great post! And, yes, I feel exactly the same way. I really try to instill those qualities in my children. I want them to know the importance of giving back and heaping others whenever they can. We are not alone in the this world and we simply must help others whenever we can!

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      prisakiss

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      “We are not alone in this world”…. and that’s a blessing– at least, I believe so. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, Emily!

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    Migdalia Hettler

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    Great blog Pris! A great woman that I dearly love and miss taught me those same values by her example. I have tried all my life to instill and pass on to my loved ones all that she taught me because she was the best mentor and mother in the whole world! Your blog reminded me of her, your Gueli and my Mom! Thanks!

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      prisakiss

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      Thanks for stopping by, mom! You and Gueli are the shining examples I live by!! Besos!!!

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    Katie Mehnert

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    I’m an extrovert. We hear a lot about leaning in and being bold. I don’t think I have a hard time demonstrating this value to my daughter. What I have done though is learned more about leaning back, being introspective and reflective. She’s teaching me this as is my husband.

    I believe confidence in yourself is the most important thing you can give a kid. “Be you, you’re the only one qualified”. If I were to leave this earth sooner than later, I’d want to know I gave her the confidence to love everything she brings: the good and the flawed. Life is too short to spend anytime doubting who you are.

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      prisakiss

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      Katie, I love your statement: Be you, you’re the only one qualified!.

      With the peer pressure kids are under to be like everyone else, this is a great mantra to teach our children. 🙂

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        Katie Mehnert

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        I can’t take credit. I heard it when I was younger and it stuck

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    Alissa Hauser

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    We at the pollination project love how inspired you are by what we are doing, and love how you are bringing compassion into your own life and instilling it as a value with your daughters. Thanks for sharing this!

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      prisakiss

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      Thanks for stopping by, Alissa! Hearing about the Pollination Project was a wonderful positive in my day! It’s always inspiring to hear how others are striving to put good out into the world.

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