It’s all about Servant Leadership

It was a warm summer morning almost 25 years ago. I remember it was a Sunday and the time was 11h00 and I could not wait to share my week-end experience with my mom when I arrived home. I had just matriculated the year before and I returned from 1st...

“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

– Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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The last month was a big month for me. I attended the first “Yes We Can” Networking event for coaches, therapists and healers. This created a safe space for all of us to participate in a speed-dating exercise and share:


  • What is it that we desire?
  • What is our biggest struggle, and
  • What could help us to achieve what we individually desire?

I also had the privilege of attending the first Wealthy Coach Retreat hosted in Noordhoek, Cape Town with International Coach and Business Mentor Carl Brooks and Spiritual Coach, Yoga-Meditation teacher JJ van Zon who are both from the Netherlands. It was such an honour and privilege to meet and connect with like-minded souls over the three-day retreat. We all show up consistently (with no pretences) to gain the insight and skills to authentically share our voice, message, and offerings to the world…and of course, shared delicious meals, chatted over some wine and started each morning with yoga and meditation.  Truth be told, I was totally exhausted after the retreat. At the same time, I was also filled with gratitude and a deep sense of purpose as I could now continue to share my voice and engage in a more meaningful way by showing up more consistently to provide a better service.

What you may not know about me is that when my soul is fueled by passion, I have the drive and determination to not let anything get in the way of these attributes.  With this in mind, I immediately started thinking it’s important for me to get a true sense of what the burning issues are for you in this current moment, as you continue on your individual life journey:

  • What is it that you desire most at this current at the moment?
  • What is your biggest struggle?
  • What will success look like?
  • What can I do to help you achieve what you desire?

On further reflection, I was immediately reminded that this is the essence of servant leadership, and I could not think of anyone who demonstrated servant leadership better than our late beloved former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Often we are so focused on the end goal that we forget how we can serve our loved ones, families, colleagues and communities in meaningful ways, and it begs the question “are we truly serving or do we feel comfortable to be served instead?”

I have challenged myself to emulate Madiba and I look forward to demonstrating true servant leadership in the months and years ahead. The time is now!

With this in mind, I’d love to hear your responses to these questions and I look forward to engaging with you further. Please leave your comments and questions in the comments section below. You are also welcome to join our Mailing List to get updates on future posts.