One of the most vivid pictures of servant leadership we have is the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Our God—our father, teacher, creator, leader—got down on His hands and knees and washed the dirt off of the disciples’ feet. Talk about a job that is not very glamorous. Yet, in this act of service, Jesus provides a beautiful example of what servant leadership looks like. Our God literally and figuratively positioned Himself below those he was serving, showing us that we are called to humbly put aside our pride and our desires and place the needs of others above our own. This is sometimes going to mean doing jobs that to us seem menial and pointless. But, when we become true servants to others, we don’t focus on what we think another person or community needs. We empathetically listen to what others need, and then humbly use our own abilities and skills to work alongside them to meet their goals, whether what they need is a new school to be built or trash to be picked up from their community park.
~ Claire McGrath, “Serving On Our Hands and Knees”, Catholic How