Servant leadership

Coming out of the Christian tradition I am challenged by the words of Jesus in regard to leadership.   To those who listened to him and followed him he said:

“You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.”

I believe servant leadership an appropriate model of leadership for local government.  Councillors are not there to get what they want but to help the community recognise what it wants and work with the community to make that happen.

The higher goal is to seek what is best for the community as a whole.  This is best done by engaging with and asking the community and working from there.  As a councillor my own personal agenda needs to be put to one side.

I have an established history of serving the community; and much of that to those who are among the most marginalised and vulnerable among our neighbours.  I am also aware that without business, both large and small, there would be more people pushed to the edges.  I seek to serve those from across the spectrum.  I look forward to working with a council that wants to do the same.

About Brian Pember

Warilla, NSW, Australia View all posts by Brian Pember

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