In a recent online conversation, friends around the globe discussed the “civil service” foundation of political office. In virtually every country on the planet, politicians do not behave civilly nor do they act consistently in service to others.

Civil service is in short supply today – in politics, in homes, in communities, and in workplaces.

The discussion led me to this question: What inspires and sustains you? The longer I’m on this planet, the more I‘m drawn to service and grace.

In my 15 year career as a non-profit executive, I experienced some OK bosses, some really bad bosses, and a few really great bosses. I studied my great bosses and examined their purpose, their values, their passions, and their coaching to discover their secrets.

What I found was – at their core – my great bosses were inspired and sustained by service and grace. Some were serious, some were funny, some were loud, some were quiet – but each of them, men and women, were driven by being kind and of service, every day.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I explain how “civil service” is within our reach and offer tips so you can embrace kindly serving others.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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S. Chris Edmonds

S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of The Culture Engine and six other books.
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