The concept of the “servant leader” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in his seminal 1970 essay, “The Servant as Leader.” The servant-leader concept has had a profound and lasting influence over the past decades on many modern leadership ideas and practices. The servant leadership style is based on the idea that leaders prioritize serving the greater good. Leaders with this style serve their communities first. They managed to rise above their self-centeredness.

For me, being a “servant leader” simply means being present in the moment, attentive and benevolent to others, ready to meet their needs and desires, ready to embrace them with love, ready to be less biased, ready to be the first to make a step toward the other. 

A “servant leader” is still a leader, but one who leads the way toward a world of kindness and fairness through her own example. You can not be a “servant leader” for someone who does not appreciate such a leadership; who can not be inspired by your example and who is not willing to respond with the same kindness. 

The servant leader wants to build around her a space where everyone feels loved, appreciated and valued, encouraged and understood. And she leads the way toward such a space through her own example of kindness and loving understanding. 

My desire and my hope for “Butterfly” communities and fellowships is to become spaces where everyone feels loved, appreciated and valued, encouraged and understood in its own authenticity. Everyone of us would like to live in such a community. The challenge is to be able to co-create one! 

It is a world based on a totally different “logic” than we are used to in our current world (cooperation and interbeing instead of competition and separation). The servant leadership is also built on an inverse logic, beautifully expressed by Jesus: “Whoever wants to be the first among you must be your servant, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” (Matthew 20:26-28). This world of cooperation and interbeing is possible and depends only on us to come forth. For sure, it will not come forth by itself, but only through our conscious and proactive actions and decisions.

This leadership doesn’t request a hierarchy: in a group, we all together could be servant leaders! What this leadership requires is less self-centeredness. We all can start from where we are, but consciously head toward overcoming our biases and self-centeredness. Butterfly Fellowships could become perfect environments where we can sustain each other in this respect.

The leadership aspect is expressed by the fact that our behavior is our conscious choice to create a better world around us. I “lead the way” through my personal example, without imposing anything on anyone. This “better” is given by what is seen better through the lens of the Living Universe metaphysics. 

I am not suggesting that I am already such a leader: The servant leader described above is who I want to become. I am aware that, in order to develop such a symbiotic behavior,  I need to be part of a group who appreciates and is willing to reciprocate this behavior. Anyway, we can start behaving as servant leaders in the midst of our world. Even though not everyone will be able to reciprocate, at least we will be “the change we want to see in the world”. Being aware that we are the agents of the evolutionary step further for human species, we are ready to stand for these values  in any conditions! 

Therefore – because the “achievements” of such a behavior depends a lot on others’ level of consciousness and response – I am not focused so much on “immediate results”, but on my “system”. To act “now” as a servant leader – with peace and joy, with generosity and love, with trust and patience – is my objective. If I succeed in this, moment by moment, I don’t worry about the future results: they will surely come! The hope that animates me (as long as my “system” works properly) perfectly aligns with the definition of hope given by Vaclav Havel: “Hope is not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”