Building Community – Do You Serve Others? by Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

Posted: November 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Servant Leaders have a different way of looking at how people work together.  These leaders create a community with a sense that all are part of a team working toward an agreed upon vision.  A truly effective leader has learned how to serve and be served.  Through this process of serving, the servant leader seeks to find a way of building community, resisting the temptation to just get the job done.  In addition, the Servant Leaders strives at creating a community of leaders through the generation of a shared vision.  Using effective communication and partnerships, the leader will build a community that will contribute to the success of the organization.  Servant Leaders intentionally work to build a community that works together and learns to serve.

Because Servant Leaders are best prepared to bring about large-scale and lasting change, these leaders listen closely to those they work and live with.  Some ways to building community can include giving back to the community through service, financially investing in the community, and caring about the community.  Such simple steps are ways in which a leader can build the community in which he/she lives and works.  Active participation in community life can promote happiness and fulfillment of both personal and professional goals. Volunteering in communities emphasizes the sense of belonging.  This sense of belonging comes from a shared sense of purpose.

This is our last of the ten lessons on Servant Leadership.  Hopefully, during these past ten weeks, you have found some lessons helpful in your quest to be a more servant leader.  The following tips are designed to further develop the skill of building community.

Lesson #1 – Communicate the Vision

~Clearly articulate the vision to others

~Position the vision by picturing success

~Be confident

Lesson #2 – Establish Commitment

~Define expectations

~Remove all doubt from the organization

~Provide support

Lesson #3 – Establish Trust

~Make known your commitment to the vision

~List the unknowns

~Assess worst case scenarios and their survivability

Lesson #4 – Include Others

~Listen, don’t judge

~Demonstrate responsiveness by responding directly

~Create an environment in which others feel safe and confident

*Pictured here are all 10 Servant Leader Traits*

Lesson #5 – Reflect, “Are You a 10?”

~Take the “Are You a 10?” Survey found in the Are You a Ten? The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader Workbook.

Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa is a mother, educator, and wife living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  She is a PhD student with Our Lady of the Lake University in Leadership Studies.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is currently researching the relationship between the leadership of the high school principal and the high school drop out rate.  This article is an excerpt from the self published book, Are You A Ten?  The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader. For ordering information, please contact Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa at


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