Servant Leadership

Today, we depart from our normal COVID updates. As we are moving through phased re-opening many are left wondering what is going on. The course which history has charted has shown us what leadership looks like. How do leaders act in a time of crisis and how have they emboldened and inspired people to greater heights.

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Servant Leadership
By: D. Keith Dunnagan, Esq.

Ronald Reagan once said “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

During this time of uncertainty, a stark contrast has been made between those who manage and those who lead. Those who dictate what should be done and those who inspire others to do things greater than themselves.

Leadership is NOT about managing tasks. It is about inspiring others to be better than they thought they could be. It is about providing opportunities and reasonable resources for your team members to do things they only previously imagined. Leadership is about setting the vision and guiding the team in their ability to fulfill the vision.

Out of crisis, great leaders emerge. History is replete with individuals rising to unprecedented challenges to lead others to greater heights. These leaders are revered as much for what they did as that which they sacrificed for the betterment of all.

There is George Washington, twice relinquishing power and setting the precedent for peaceful transition of governmental leadership.

There is Abraham Lincoln, who gave the Gettysburg address, recognizing that the cause of Liberty is bigger than any one of us and reminding a torn Nation, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

There is Winston Churchill during the Second World War, beseeching his fellow Englishmen to victory at all costs. Churchill in his famous blood, toil, tears and sweat speech; extolled his Countrymen that together, united in strength they could defeat tyranny.

There is John F. Kennedy, reminding us to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. A solemn reminder of dedication that each freeman or freewoman can accomplish far more than a lone individual.

Each of these individuals rose to greatness in the midst of great trials; and teaches us that leadership is about serving those who follow by providing an opportunity for success. We can and should learn that leadership, whether in our business or our daily lives, is about empowering those whom we lead to be greater than they imagined.

During this economic and health crisis, we have choices. We can manage our staff like taskmasters and hope to survive through the day to day monotony and struggle this market presents. Or like those great leaders who have come before us, we can double down and seize the opportunity before us, by equipping those whom we lead with the resources and support needed to achieve heights never dreamed.

I encourage all of us to learn from the great leaders who came before us, to empower those whom we serve to be far greater than they could ever imagine. That is what true leadership looks like.

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and not to be construed as legal advice. If you have questions, you should seek competent legal representation to assist you.

The attorneys of BPE Law Group, PC. have been advising our clients on real estate, business and estate planning issues for over 20 years and have assisted numerous clients in probate, business and real estate matters and have represented and advised brokers on their professional obligations as well as consumers on their rights. If you have questions concerning legal matters, give us a call at (916) 966-2260 or e-mail Keith at Our flat fee consult for new clients may get you the answers you need for the questions you have.

The information presented in this Article is not to be taken as legal advice. Every person’s situation is different. If you are facing a legal issue of any kind, get competent legal advice in your State immediately so that you can determine your best options.