Adopting a Serving Mentality

Adopting a Serving Mentality

Albert Schweitzer, a world-renowned physician, philosopher, theologian, and great humanitarian, won a Nobel Prize in 1952 for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life.” This reverence for life was demonstrated in many ways, not least of which was by Schweitzer’s concern and care for those less fortunate.

Dr. Schweitzer built his first hospital in the African country that is now known as Gabon. He built the hospital to serve those who had no access to medical care. The hospital served people who were so isolated from the rest of the population that it took Schweitzer and his wife 14 days by river raft from the nearest port to reach that location.

On one occasion later in his life when he was addressing a group of young people just setting out on their careers, Dr. Schweitzer said the following impactful words to them.

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve”

True leaders do not selfishly consider themselves to be above others. They never talk or act as though they consider themselves to be “The greatest thing since sliced bread.”

True leaders are concerned for the well-being and success of those whom they lead: those whom they serve. They focus on creating an atmosphere and environment where those they lead can aspire to and become the very best that they can be.

The truly effective leader always adopts a serving mentality.