What makes a good leader?
Learn what it takes to be a great leader
[Steve & Hazel]
Manage your time.
[Chip & Vicky]
Like Leo, servant leaders serve those they lead. Instead of focusing on themselves, they work for the benefit of others. Servant leadership is not so much about developing organizations as it is about developing people. But that doesn’t mean organizations should be neglected. By caring for their followers, servant leaders help them be the best they can be. As a result, the organization has the advantage of happy, healthy and creative workers.
Robert Greenleaf thought that the effect leaders had on others was the best testament /ˈtestəmənt/ (clear proof) to their success. Did the people they served become freer, healthier and wiser? Were their followers more likely to serve others themselves? Did their organizations make the world a better place? Successful servant leaders should be able to answer yes to all of these questions.
Though Robert Greenleaf first introduced 「servant leadership」 in 1970, his ideas remain vitally important today. If society hopes to build a better future, it will need good leaders – servant leaders.
[Traditional Chinese Translation]
[Ashley & Ken]
K: Hey, Ashley. Do you think that I would be a good waitress?
A: No, not at all.
K: Why not?
A: Ken, a waitress is a woman that serves customers food. A waiter is a man that serves food. So I think you’ll be a great waiter.
K: Oh, my mistake. I sometimes get the two words confused.
A: That’s OK. You know, to solve your problem why not just call them servers. It’s more politically correct and common to say server. You know, I used to be a server.
K: Really, how was that?
A: It was really difficult to please customers. If I didn’t provide good service then I didn’t get good tips.
K: You know, one of the benefits of eating out in Asia is you don’t have to tip a server.
A: Yes, it’s the same in Great Britain and in most of Europe. A service charge is already added to the bill so you don’t have to worry about tipping. But in most American restaurants, you are supposed to tip. If you don’t, you could really offend someone.
K: Oh, I know. It’s happen to me before. How much money did you make as a server?
A: Let』s see. One time I received $100 in tips. Now that was a great night. It depended on how busy we were. However customers are encouraged to tip at least 15% of their meal cost. So let’s say your total bill is $35. 15% of $35 is $5.25.
K: Hmm, Ashley, sometimes I like to tip more than 15%.
A: Oh, me too. Being a server is hard work and if the service is really good then usually I would tip 20 to 30%. But you should always tip at least 15%.
K: Well, thanks for the tips.
A: No problem.
All too often people become leaders because they want power and money.
[Tips] all ~ usually use it to mean “whole” or “complete”. Here we use it to follow by “too often” – “all too often.” In this case “all” means “extremely,” “all too often” means “very often” or “extremely common.”
－＞It’s extremely common for people to become leaders because they want power and money.
*It’s all too strange to see him sneaking into the manager’s office.
*This sloppy job is all too typical of the king of work he does!
advantage (n) 好處,優勢
The advantages of working in a big firm include higher benefits and stability.
The mayor will be at a distinct advantage if he wants to run for election.
The disadvantage of sharing an apartment is the lack of privacy.
testament (n) 證明,證據 (to)
The company’s sales figures are a testament to the success of their new product.
His brilliant artwork is a testament to the artist’s astonishing talent.
vitally (adv) 絕對,極其
The new health policy will be vitally important to all people.
Parents’ relationships with their children are vitally important.
neglect (v) 忽視
follower (n) 追隨者
advantage (n) 優勢,好處
testament (n) 證明,證據
vitally (adv) 極其,緊要地
neglect, offend, follower, advantage, testament, public servant, public official, brilliant, astonishing, talent, vitally important