By Alexander Boland, Student
“Servant leadership may sound contradictory, but in order to lead, you first must serve.”
As a senior at Rockhurst University, I’m currently on track to receive my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. During a worldwide pandemic, it has been a struggle for all students in school who are trying to find hope amidst changes that have brought division, when we need unity most. However, I want to tell a story about how being a servant leader in your community, organization, and society at large can show togetherness and ultimately guide everyone towards a better world.
With COVID-19 so widespread, it was nearly impossible for my fraternity brothers and me to come up with an idea about how we could make an impact in our community through service. Then one day my neighbor, Ruth, asked if I could help her rake the leaves in her yard. This was the perfect opportunity for my fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), to lend a helping hand. Even on such short notice, the turnout of 10 brothers was astounding. This small gesture to help a neighbor provided connectedness within our community. Faith in my brothers coming together out of love, satisfies my hope that we can still make a difference, even during these difficult times.
Servant leadership may sound contradictory, but in order to lead, you first must serve. Go make a difference!
Days before Alex became my new neighbor, he stopped by to introduce himself. His cheerful smile and level of respect lingered with me after the introduction. I felt the sincerity of his promise — that he and his roommates would not host wild, boisterous parties or damage the property. They have lived up to their words. As they complete their studies and pursue professional careers, I believe we will see the fruits of their labor in my neighborhood, our city and country. All we need now are more young people like Alex. There is HOPE. – Ruth