It's easy to think that to be a leader, somehow you have to magically have the powers of perfection. That somehow you need to always have the right answer and lead by example. I have a problem with this. Who has the ego big enough to stand in front of the rest of us and say, "Hey idiots! Follow me, look how I do it and do exactly what I do!" Oh yeah, I guess that's most of us. Just throwing the old shepherd's crook around peoples necks and expecting results.
Funny, all of us figure out as children that it's a fool's game. We see the holes in a so called leader's logic. We poke through the thin veil of authority and we reject it. Until one day, the world of human society beats us into submission. It might be in grade school or college, or maybe that day we move out of our parent's homes. Whenever it is, we decide it is best to go along to get along and avoid any conflict with power and authority. We decide that there must be some gift that certain people have that makes them special, and they are the leaders and we are the followers. All the while the next generation looks at us with disdain just as we did before them.
It comes down to the simple things:
You go to throw away a piece of trash, and you notice the garbage is full. Do you take it out? Do you choose to be a leader(servant)?
You use the last of the toilet paper in a strange bathroom. Do you take the time to find the person who knows where the replacement roll is? Do you choose to be a leader(servant)?
You see that the smoker's pole at your favorite coffee shop is smoking from the last person who put their cigarette in there. Do you take a moment to get some water and put it out before it becomes a serious problem? Do you choose to be a leader(servant)?
You like to draw or paint, but you don't think the work is very good. Do you share it with us anyways, because you know you are inspired and there is something many of us can connect to? Do you choose to be a leader(servant)?
What's hard is the responsibility, the acceptance of fate, the realization that you are experiencing the problem so that you can figure out how to fix it. Fixing only comes through trying, and trying is messy. Mistakes are made, feelings get hurt, and things get broken along the way. Those moments need leaders(servants) to come along and put out the fire they didn't start.
But it is so easy to say "It's not my job, someone else gets paid to do that." All the while the next generation looks at you with disdain as they learn to follow you down the same path.
Wherever you are, stop looking at wherever you aren't and be a leader(servant).