The Paradoxes of Servant Leadership
- Strong enough to be weak
- Successful enough to fail
- Busy enough to make time
- Wise enough to say "I don't know"
- Serious enough to laugh
- Rich enough to be poor
- Right enough to say "I'm wrong"
- Compassionate enough to discipline
- Mature enough to be childlike
- Important enough to be last
- Planned enough to be spontaneous
- Controlled enough to be flexible
- Free enough to endure captivity
- Knowledgeable enough to ask questions
- Loving enough to be angry
- Great enough to be anonymous
- Responsible enough to play
- Assured enough to be rejected
- Victorious enough to lose
- Industrious enough to relax
- Leading enough to serve
It is through giving we receive is another of life's curious paradoxes that I've witnessed through volunteerism and donations to charity.
Living in such an affluent society as the United States I'm also challenged by the topsy-turvy concept: We are as rich as our ability to do without things. I've heard from people who have traveled to "third world nations" about how the people they met we extremely generous and joyful, despite living in economic poverty. Now that's something to think about, isn't it?