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All of us are servants for people. 
One day after a church event I saw a respectable, educated, well-off man cleaning up trash. He didn't have to. There were plenty of people around whose job it was to do it. But there he was, making trips back and forth to the trash can.

His education, status, or authority didn't matter.

I liked that about him.

As he continued on, he didn't even think twice about the task. He was just doing what he always did. He pitched in when he saw a need. I could tell he was used to doing those humbling acts. As I watched him he seemed immersed in what he was doing and appeared oblivious to how my eyes followed him. To this day he doesn't know I observed him as intently as I did.

Yet I watched his every move.

He exuded leadership in those small gestures of honor and obedience to God1. 

I still see him from time to time and I have a newfound respect for him. He's an example of a servant-leader. People like him make some of the best leaders. I would willingly follow him for sure -- such a humble servant. 

True leaders lead without even trying, because they are just themselves. No fanfare, no look-at-me attitude. They simply do leadership. It's who they are at their core. No need to throw their weight around trying to be important. They know to whom and from where their power comes.

They know who they are.

They follow the mandates2 of God. 

Leadership through service. It has leverage. It has effectiveness. It works.

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1. John 3:30
2. Phillipians 2:1-18


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