Beyond the Build


Leadership Defined

Perspective has a big role in how one views leadership. For me, it can be defined a couple of ways. The first is keeping a steady rudder in choppy waters. Equally important is understanding and inspiring those around you to reach whatever potential they wish to achieve, then raising the bar a bit higher. It is about investing in people’s development and looking after their needs so they are equipped to succeed. I’ve heard this called servant leadership.

The highest measure of success for a servant leader is the impact made on those in an organization and the community. This is a “people first” philosophy in its truest form, balancing team member needs with with the goals of the organization or business entity. Servant leaders give their time eagerly, share the wisdom of experience and place others’ interest ahead of their own. They do all of this because they have a genuine, intrinsic desire to see those around them succeed.

In our organization, it brings a smile to my face when I see our senior folks share knowledge, inspire and mentor. Their primary goal is creating a better future for those around them, but they are subconsciously writing their own legacy at the same time.

Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.