Some people call them “random acts of kindness”… others “simply being polite.” To me, it is all about serving others. Service to others is one of the best and easiest things we can do. And when we practice it often, it becomes a habit and a lifelong commitment to serving others.
I learned about having a service commitment when I was young, through the Scouts and through high school and collegiate organizations. I have continued that involvement in both formal and informal ways. I am a member of a civic organization that focuses on service, Kiwanis International, and I do work through my church. But, I also take time to serve in other ways.
When I see trash on the ground, I pick it up. When I see someone in need, I help. In fact, I think my attitude is rubbing off on others. As I write this blog in my favorite bagel shop, my friend and blogging mentor, Kevin, saw a woman approaching the door very tentatively in her walker. He jumped up, opened the door, and she was able to come inside without the worry of being hit by the door. That’s service to others.
In the last week, I had the opportunity to read to a first grade class (I go once a month, see the accompanying picture), stuff plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt for kids living in nearby apartments, and make sandwiches for a soup kitchen that our church has supported for over 30 years. My daughter, Little One, got excited about the “Soles for Souls” campaign at our church, made posters, and distributed them throughout the neighborhood. She collected 50 pairs of shoes for homeless and needy people! She is only 8 years old! What can you do?
How does serving others make you a leader? It shows you are willing and able to be an example. It gives you insight into the needs and desires of others. It teaches you ways to motivate people. And it gives you a level of confidence that leaders need. Some people believe that “true leadership” can only come through service to others.
Find a way today to be a servant leader. It can be in a big way or a small way, but in all ways you will impact others!
Dave Kelly, America’s Student Leadership Trainer (sm)