A Master of a People is Their Servant

November 21st, 2019

Servant Leadership

by Seyed Mahdi Ghazvini

Often in corporate structures, we are conditioned to feel and believe that as entry level employees, our job is to serve the people above us, be content with the paycheck that we receive, and go home happy. When we think of servitude, we imagine the slave/master relationship; that a servant is one who is in a low position, whose worth is limited to how well he can carry out orders.

We also sometimes believe that in order to get to the top, we must do so by climbing on the backs of others, thereby creating a “dog-eat-dog” world. In order to change that type of behavior, we must first change the way we think. We must move away from a scarcity mindset towards an abundance mindset. A scarcity mindset suggests that there are limited ideas, resources, and opportunities in this world, and that we must fight others in order to get what we need. Alternatively, an abundance mindset suggests that there is more than enough to go around in the world, and that serving others will help us get what we need.

So in reality, service creates more opportunities for us to advance, not less. Think about what you want to achieve. Are you OK with remaining as an entry-level member for the next decade? Or do you want to advance to the next level?

If you want to advance, think about how you are serving people in your current capacity, versus how much more you can serve. At Juicy!, outstanding service is recognized and rewarded. One of our core values is Infinite +1. We believe in going the extra mile, every time.

The Bible teaches us the following: “for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”[1]

This verse is the basis of the idea that you will sow whatever you reap. When you serve, you’re planting a seed. Some seeds take months, even years to germinate and fully grow to their potential. What you might go unnoticed by the people around you at the moment, but I you keep planting the seeds of servitude, they’ll eventually germinate.

The Islamic tradition teaches the following statement: “A master of a people is their servant.” Think about that! The more you serve, the greater the heights you’ll achieve.

Keep soaring to new heights!

[1] Bible, Galatians, 6:7

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