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7 Ways Servant Leadership Can Transform Your Career



Practice Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is not some new idea thought up by the millennials or generation X. It is an approach that goes back to ancient philosophy. There are passages that relate to servant leadership in the Tao Te Ching, attributed to Lao-Tzu, and can be found in many religious texts.

Servant leadership is the act of putting more value into your employees/clients by changing your actions as a leader. Instead of being at the top making demands, you are amongst them tackling problems and creating solutions together. Those who have become giants in their industry live by the idea that servant leadership is what sets them apart.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”Martin Luther King Jr.

“True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader.” John C. Maxwell

“Good leaders must first become good servants.”  ― Robert K. Greenleaf


This is just a short list of leaders who lived by the servant leadership model in their careers and lives. They dominated in their industry or were considered catalysts of change to the world as we know it.

Still not 100 percent about what servant leadership can do for you?


Here are 7 ways that servant leadership can change your career.

1) Servant leadership takes you off the pedestal and puts you at eye level with your client/customer/employee.

There is often times an idea that leaders lead by making demands and orders that need to be completed ASAP. This is usually the model being used in companies where you see high turnover rates throughout the timeline of the organization.

They may not have started out that way, but with expansion, there is often a large disconnect with the top level of the company and the bottom level.

*Look at your business and see where you can become eye level with you employees/clients. You may need to do some surveys to get their perspective.


2) Servant leadership fuels passionate people.

When you are a servant leader, you create a community of passionate people who want to do more than average. They see your fire up close and personal, which cultivates a deeper connection. Results from having your team witness your fire firsthand will ignite a fire within them.

Let’s be honest: burnout can happen in any career. But a passionate leader can often keep morale high even in tough times.

*Time to do a self check. How passionate are you for your career? You have to be honest with yourself and your team, because it affects the overall morale of the organization.


3) Servant leadership changes the dynamic of a working mentality.

The thoughts that go along with the word “work” will often turn people off and or turn them away. When people relate an activity to work, they are more likely to quit when they feel drained, strained, or depleted. They question the value of the actions that they are being asked to do.

Again, this is why we see a huge turnover rate in a lot of companies. All work and no play makes people quit.

*Have you turned off the fun sign at work and at home? Maybe a dance break or some ice cream may help. There has to be a healthy work – fun balance in order to stay motivated.


4) Servant leadership leads to growth.

When a person is happy doing something, they are more likely to recruit others to join them. They will become your hiring and firing squad because they will be invested in the success that you are striving for. The same way that hurt people tend to hurt people, happy people will oftentimes produce happy people. They create a buzz about the environment that they work in.

*Let’s be honest: no one is happy ALL the time. Life brings with it circumstances beyond our control. We must be willing to see the brighter side of a situation because it makes a difference.


5) Servant leadership breeds creativity.

When people don’t feel like they are being forced to do something, they often will have more creative ideas. They can freely share them with someone who they feel is invested in them, as much as the business. Yes, there are people that make great decisions under pressure. But that statement is not accurate for everyone.

*Know those who labor among you. This statement is very accurate. Do you know how you and your team handle pressure? Knowing this can open up new opportunities for planning sessions.


6) Servant leadership leads to better communication.

When this model is used, people feel like they are both heard and given the freedom to speak up. This is a freedom that is lost in most jobs for fear of backlash or getting laid off. Water cooler conversations will often be where people speak freely, as opposed to speaking at the team meeting.

*Practicing active listening skills will boost communication.


7) Servant leadership empowers other leaders.

Servant leadership creates a platform for other leaders to grow and expand. Most jobs are constricting to the employee. You are held back by a system created to keep people in line and uniform. Talk to anyone in retail and they will shout it from the mountain tops.

It’s almost like the snake in a home aquarium, as opposed to the snake in the wild. A snake in its natural habitat will grow to its greatest capacity.

*The business that cannot expand and adapt will NOT succeed. Have you stunted your growth and the growth of your company by putting people in a box?

Looking at this list, you should be able to gauge just where you are as a leader and how servant leadership can propel you into your next level.

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



Partners entrepreneurs


Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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How Does Sleep Affect Your Mental Health?



Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep is our body’s repair mode. Our cells, tissues, muscles, and hormones are all replenished during the deepest phases of sleep. This ensures that we are operating at our best the next day.

Experts recommend about seven (7) hours of sleep a day for an average adult. This is keeps you mentally and physically focused. But what happens when you don’t get enough? Is there a link between sleep and our mental health?


The Link Between Sleep and Mood

Even someone who isn’t an expert on the subject can appreciate how active they feel after a good night’s sleep. In contrast, one can feel exhausted, irritated, and distracted after not getting enough the night before. That’s because sleep plays an important role in your mood and performance.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study in which the subjects were restricted sleep to only 4.5 hours each night. After a week, the subjects reported greater levels of negative emotions and mental tiredness. Once they were allowed to sleep normally however, there was a sharp improvement in their mood.

Just as sleep impacts your mood, your present state of mind also has an equivalent effect on the quality of your sleep. If you’re anxious or stressed, your body will release hormones that force you to stay awake through the night, depriving you of much-needed rest. The result is a cycle of stress and lack of sleep.

Research suggests that around 15-20 percent of people who are dealing with insomnia (an inability to fall asleep) go on to develop serious mental depression. While research is still being conducted about the exact nature of the relationship between sleep and depression, there has been enough progress to indicate a strong correlation between the two.

People who suffer from insomnia are at a significantly greater risk to develop depression or anxiety. In fact, the onset of these conditions can be accurately predicted by studying the patient’s sleep patterns.


The Link Between Sleep and Learning

In addition to your mood, sleep also appears to impact your mind’s ability to learn. Three separate processes govern learning in your brain: acquisition, consolidation, and recall.

Acquisition entails receiving information and storing it in your neural circuitry. The second process, consolidation, strengthens the neural connections in your mind so that the memory is stored in an optimally useful form. Recall is when the brain accesses this stored memory when it is needed.

Poor sleep compromises all three of these processes. However, it is acquisition and recall that are most affected by sleep deprivation. Recent research has also demonstrated that a lack of sleep can reduce the brain’s ability to consolidate information it is presented with.

Students take note: inadequate sleep may negatively affect your chances of passing that exam. Indeed, you may even find yourself forgetting how to do simple tasks. If you’ve ever been involved in back-to-back all-nighters during exam week, you may already have experienced forgetting a solution to a simple problem – even after you’d done it half a dozen times!


Dealing with Sleep Problems To Improve Mental Health

If you’re experiencing emotional apathy, anxiety, depression, or irritability, one of the steps you can take before seeking a professional is to assess your sleep situation.

Treat sleep as a ritual. Similar to reading to a child before putting them to bed, a habit that helps one disconnect from gadgets and put their mind in a relaxed mood can go a long way towards ensuring a restful, wholesome, sleep experience.

Making time before going to bed is a good idea. Avoid exposure to bright lights (such as those emitted by computer screens and smartphones). Try not to consume caffeine or alcohol, as all of these can be detrimental to the quality of sleep (and may even prevent the onset of sleep completely).

Obviously, the way you’ve set up your bed (and your entire bedroom) will also play an important role in how well you’re able to sleep. For example, memory foam mattresses are often recommended for individuals who sleep in awkward postures that can cause back pain. For some good reviews, check out The Sleep Judge.

If you can’t get rid of thoughts buzzing around in your head, you may want to listen to some natural background sounds, such as rainfall or wind rushing through trees. This will ease your mind away from distractions, helping you drift off to sleep. If you get the recommended amount, see how replenished you feel the next day!


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