What Makes A True Servant-Leader?

I love the statements that Jesus makes about what makes for greatness is the eyes of God!  “The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’  (Matthew 23:11-12)

servant leadership RSM Insight article Sept 2011So what exactly does a servant-leader do?  I heard Bill Kirk describe the four aspects of a servant based on the Greek words ‘doulos’ and ‘diaknonos’:  A servant-leader…

#1 – Advances others at the expense of themselves.

#2 – Doesn’t care who gets the credit.  In fact, they work to share the credit and give God the glory.

#3 – Doesn’t need to be thanked.

#4 – Is willing to take up the cross, and die to self, without complaint.

So how do you stack up against those definitions?  One way you can tell, and I am not sure who said this first.  ‘You can tell if you have the heart of a true servant by how you react when someone treats you like one.’