Monday night, my wife Diane and I had a once a lifetime
experience. We got to attend the red carpet premiere of the
last Harry Potter movie at Lincoln Center in New York. Diane
has to be in the top 1% of Harry Potter fans in the world and she won
the trip through a local radio station. It was a blast and a
surreal experience to be in the same room with the cast and people
behind the biggest movie franchise of all time. If you want the inside scoop on red carpet night,
Diane wrote it all up on her blog and included some really great
pictures of the cast speaking before the movie started.
No doubt, many of you will be seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this weekend and in the days to come. Enjoy it. It’s a wonderful film and a fitting end to the movie. If you have any mental and emotional bandwidth left over as you’re watching Harry save the world, you might also put your leadership lens on for some examples of servant leadership in action.
Servant leadership is based on the principle that the leader is the servant of the people that he or she leads. They have a desire to serve first and lead second. The concept was first articulated by an AT&T executive named Robert Greenleaf in the mid 20th century and he eventually wrote a book on the subject. Today, the Robert K. Greenleaf Center shares and builds on his work.
The president of the Greenleaf Center, Larry Spears, has identified ten characteristics of servant leaders. Having been immersed in all things Potter in my house for the last ten years, it seems to me that Harry embodies all or most of them. Here they are: