Servant leadership has suddenly returned to discussion about how we work, how we lead.

Not a moment too soon.

No doubt, it’s due mostly to the approaching Presidential election and the quality of the candidates who have emerged — so far — in both parties. But the more we keep this concept front and center, the better.

In today’s New York Times, Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks, takes on and takes down the lot of the candidates who will tonight (8.6.15) appear on the Fox News stage for what they’re terming a “debate.” He calls them “a field of presidential aspirants unable to rise above petty politics.” And that’s just the opening of his many salvos and an authentic expression of his personal pain over the state of politics in the US today.

“Our country is in desperate need of servant leaders, of men and women willing to kneel and embrace those who are not like them,” he writes. “Everyone seeking the presidency professes great love for our nation. But I ask myself, how can you be a genuine public servant if you belittle your fellow citizens and freeze out people who hold differing views?”

Excellent questions. We should hope they’re asked over and over and over again over the next 18 months of the people running for what should be the privilege of leading, not the right of ruling.

Don Yeager shares shares the inspiring example of “servant leader” Walter Payton, the legendary Chicago Bears running back, in his piece in Forbes.com (8.5.15).

“You cannot achieve great success without being helped along the way,” Yeager quotes Payton as saying. “Do anything that might make the world a better place for someone.”

Words for us all to take seriously and truly make our own.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/opinion/america-deserves-a-servant-leader.html?ref=opinion

http://www.forbes.com/sites/donyaeger/2015/08/05/do-unto-others-the-only-leadership-advice-youll-ever-need/