Many individuals and organizations have adopted servant leadership as a guiding philosophy. For individuals it offers a means to greater personal growth – spiritually, professionally, emotionally, and intellectually. A particular strength of servant-leadership is that it encourages everyone to actively seek opportunities to both serve and lead others, thereby setting up the potential for raising the quality of life throughout society.

As part of an effort by TWR to help staff worldwide understand servant leadership better and adopt its principles, TWR-Asia organized a training session with Rick Sessoms and Colin Buckland from Mentorlink and Claybury International respectively.

“TWR believes that the servant leadership model of Jesus is an excellent example for both our leaders and staff members to follow,” said Sebastian Chan, International Director of TWR-Asia. “We are thus committed to the servant leadership training and to learn from Jesus, who is the perfect servant leader. As we embrace these principles and apply them to our daily interactions, we will, in humility, serve God and others well.”

Unlike leadership approaches with a top-down hierarchical style, servant leadership instead emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. At heart, the individual is a servant first and foremost, making the conscious decision to lead in order to better serve others, not to increase their own power. The objective is to enhance the growth of individuals in the organization and increase teamwork and personal involvement.

Veasna Uk, Ministry Leader from Cambodia said, “The training helped me grow in love with regard to others around me. The Garden Model taught me to develop people as though I was nurturing a Garden, which will in turn bring out the best in them, and help them achieve the best results.”

As part of the week-long training session, Rick and Colin also conducted a DISC profile test to help staff understand their own behavioural profile, and that of others, to foster better teamwork. Veasna added, “Understanding our DISC profiles helps us work better as a team.”

Through additional training and education, TWR strives to adopt servant leadership as the guiding philosophy to run its ministries, and work towards the creation of a more caring and Christ-centered organization.

“Many times, when dealing with others, we tend to use the Machine Model rather than the Garden Model, and treat people like machines, focusing only on getting results,” said Nepali Ministry Leader, Simon Subba. “Through the self-awareness exercises, I have learnt to be more sensitive towards others as I now understand that my behaviour impacts others. This training has been a breakthrough for me.”