Blessing Others To Live The Best Life

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2011

When I adopted ‘Chief Servant’ as an informal business title, it created a lot of controversies.

Sometimes, it is good to have controversies. It forced me to think and hopefully, to have more clarity.

Many friends told me the title will make others take advantage of me. They will also abuse my colleagues.

Unfortunately, there are people who have done just that and I suspect they will do it regardless. I hope they will realize it will not do them any good to treat people with disrespect.

In my working life, I am very blessed to have carried many titles, including Chairman, President, Regional Director, Managing Director etc. for both multinational and local organizations.

My experience taught me that we have an over-emphasis on positions and an unhealthy pursuit of power.

I believe it is not the title that makes a person. It is the person that makes the title.

I should always earn the rights and priviledges of the title and live up to the highest calling of that position. I should earn my respect.

The highest calling of a leader is to serve others.

That’s why the traditional title for a person who works in the government is civil servant. The root word of a minister is that of a servant.

My chosen title, Chief Servant reminds me of this value.

I want to earn the right to lead through my personal and not positional authority. (I know my employees will not willingly and wholeheartedly follow me just because I am the CEO).

I want to use my life and not just my lips to win trust, recognition, affection and loyalty. I want to love and serve my people to be the best they can be.

Only when they are winners, then can I be a winner in life.

For me to win, others must win first. That’s the essence of a win-win relationship.

On a company level, I endeavour to bond My HSR Family into a loving community.

I want to ensure synergy between one another and help my colleagues to leverage on effective systems. Together, we will achieve our win-win shared vision.

I believe if I don’t have a heart to love and serve them, I don’t qualify to be a leader.

Leadership is about giving and not getting. It’s about service and not self-glory.

That’s why I have crafted my personal mission in the form of a question so that it will be a constant check on myself.

I ask myself daily, ‘How can I appreciate even more our Creator’s love and use it to serve others?’

Please help me to be a better servant-leader.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

Question: How can we become better leaders?


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