The servant-leader models a principle-centered empathetic moral capacity. I create the sacred container for logos through increasing an organizations capacity for systems thinking, which is awareness of the systems from the personal to the global scale by moving through the stages from micro to macro thinking. Being a good leader means having both the grasp of the local and individual impact of our decision and their implication on a global and spiritual scale. All true growth moves from the inner self (micro) out towards the service of others (macro).
Parker Palmer writes in Let Your Life Speak, "We share responsibility for creating the external world by projecting either a spirit of light or a spirit of shadow on that which is other than us. We project either a spirit of hope or a spirit of despair, either an inner confidence in wholeness and integration or an inner terror about life being diseased and ultimately terminal. We have a choice about what we are going to project, and in that choice, we help create the world that is. Consciousness precedes being, and consciousness can help deform or reform our world."
The more I embody presence, centeredness, and the capacity to listen for intuition, the more the relationships and systems around me will also move toward wholeness. The more I help others to develop their inner presence, centeredness, and capacity to listen to intuition, the more we all move forward in wholeness.
The servant leader practices foresight, which is about getting to the right questions rather than the right answers. I think this best exemplified in the idea of logos or the center of wholeness. Leaders can either be in self-embeddedness moving away from logos, or transcending the self and moving towards logos.
Foresight is about getting our narrow view out of the way to listen for and quickly act upon what is emerging from the collective intelligence. Foresight, much like adaptive leadership, is about getting rid of what we think we know to move towards what wants to emerge from people both individually and collectively. I have been trained in Circles of Trust and Quaker Clearness Committee work through the Center for Courage and Renewal, so I understand that within each person there is infinite wisdom which can be tapped into if a sacred container for personal and organizational growth is created.
As Parker Palmer writes in A Hidden Wholeness, "The relationships in such a group are not pushy but patient; they are not confrontational but compassionate; they are filled not with expectations and demands but with abiding faith in the reality of the inner teacher and in each person's capacity to learn from it."
The servant-leader promotes individual and collective actualization. One of my ways to create the sacred container for organizational growth is through the concept of Ubuntu, which is exemplified in Desmond Tutu’s book on restorative justice. Ubuntu means that we are all interconnected; your well-being is as important as my well-being, and we have a moral obligation to each other.
Desmond Tutu writes, "We are bound up in a delicate network of interdependence because, as we say in our African idiom, a person is a person through other people. To dehumanize another inexorably means that one is dehumanized as well."
I am bound to others as they are bound to me, which means that it is in our best interest to help each other individually and collectively actualize. Our healthy independence is needed to create healthy interdependence. It is through our own self-actualization that we can help others self-actualize. It is not an either-or proposition for the individual and community; rather, both need to be nurtured for wholeness, and both aspects can bring wholeness to the other. My wholeness and capacity to live authentically from my inner self gives others permission to do the same.