In episode 18 of “Yates in Your Face,” Greg Yates talks about office politics and the true meaning of being a servant-leader.

Jesus’ leadership is the ultimate example of servant leadership. His humility and passion created a legacy that surpasses time.

Remember those WWJD bracelets? What Would Jesus Do?

Could you imagine Jesus allowing drama to fester in his inner circle? Being a servant-leader doesn’t mean allowing divisive behavior in your team.

If you are sick of dealing with office politics and “status quo,” you’ll want to watch today’s episode.


I was coaching a leader recently who had a serious breach of trust on his team. Instead of dealing with it head on, he referred me to the concept of servant leadership. He asked, “what would Jesus do?” And, he believed mysteriously that Jesus wouldn’t call the question, wouldn’t make people uncomfortable or draw a line in the sand…really? Talk about unclear on the concept!

I think I lost my WWJD bracelet somewhere.

I pity the confused leaders who have mistaken servant leadership for office politics. And, I hate politics.

The endless conversations, back office meetings and drama that create factions, divide agendas and whose purpose is the hidden personal agenda. Power, support, negotiated side deals…no wonder they call it politics.

Can you imagine what could happen in government or in your organization if everyone were aligned for a single purpose? Unfortunately, in leadership today we have accepted the BELIEF that politics is “just the way it is.”

I’m not talking about a common mission that garners healthy debate before a unified decision can be made. I’m talking about manipulation, deception to achieve an often unknown agenda. Hijacking the mission in order to curry favor or build a power base that has nothing to do with the defined purpose for the team’s existence.

If this sounds like your team, don’t settle for this endless loop.

If you spend more time negotiating with your team than leading them, you will never get the traction you’re looking for. You don’t have to settle for that reality.

I would rather blow up the entire team and start from scratch than play errand boy to parasites that have hijacked the mission.

Leadership brings clarity and culture. It unites individuals around a common mission more treasured than any personal agenda. Leadership doesn’t take sides. It leads. And, you are the leader.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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