Recently there has been vastly more “golden parachute” scenarios than there have been of service leadership. One of my favorite examples of service leadership is Costco CEO, Jim Sinegal. As the CEO of one of the biggest big box sellers across the world, he takes in a salary of less than $200k, and on top of that he pays his employees about $20.00 an hour! This is the opposite of Walmart that is constantly under scrutiny for their low wages for front line workers, but large salaries for management. We also see plenty of “golden parachute” leadership examples when we look at companies like Enron and some of the larger car manufacturers. GE’s Jack Welch took a $417 Million severance package which is would have reduced the need for a $139 Billion bailout in 2010. That example is only one of the massive severance packages that have been reported in the news. I believe that service leadership is much more effective because it really tells your employees that you care for them, so they are more likely to stay with the company which keeps an experienced employee base. These experienced employees are more effective, efficient and are more pleased with their job. This is displayed to the customers who have a better experience while working with your organization.
Phillipians tells us “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (Philippians 2:3, NIV).” We are called by God to value others above ourselves. We can do this by putting our employees needs before ours.