Serve and Be Served

This is part of a series of posts discussing the 5 Values of The Oak House.  You can see all the posts by clicking here.

Servanthood has been a big deal in the leadership world for the past few decades.  Servant leadership became a buzzword around the turn of the century, however the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970.  Seems he was a little ahead of his time.  But he was right.

Service is defined as “the action of helping or doing work for someone.”  Mutual service must then be two people helping or doing work for each other.  Seems easy enough right?  Well not for me.  I am great at serving.  I’m not so great at being served.

It’s not that I’m ungrateful when I am served; it is that I’m uncomfortable being served.  I’m not exactly sure where that feeling comes from, but I think it has its roots in that acts of service is my “love language” and we always try connect to others but using what works for us.  Regardless of my idiosyncrasies, serving one another is key to a healthy relationship.

The second value we have at The Oak House is Serve & Be Served.  Our tag for that value is “We believe the best way to build relationships is through mutual service.”  I find this statement to be true over and over.  No matter someone’s background, serving them will always be a building block to a lasting relationship and those relationships are key to building a community.  Building a community is a part of the strategy of success for The Oak House.  Without a community, we will fail.

Mutual service is a “no fail” thing.  Everyone wins when everyone serves each other.

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