Points of Leadership: Upside Down Pyramid

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, welcomed Dr. Feyi Obamehinti to provide another commentary in a series.

The Dr. Feyi Obamehinti Commentaries

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less” – Clive Staples Lewis (C.S. Lewis).


Points of Leadership is all about equipping leaders in maximizing their leadership for the people they lead.


Upside Down Pyramid or inverted pyramid is a concept where the team or people served are at the top of the pyramid and the leader or president is at the bottom. The base of the pyramid is narrow and the apex is broad.


Upside down pyramid is what we call servant leadership, which is a Bible concept and principle. Taken from the life of Jesus Christ- He did something leaders, pastors, presidents, governors of that day saw as forbidden. He washed the feet of His disciples and then He asked them to go and do the same in their spheres of connections, influence or networks.


The concept of servant leadership clashes with the norm of our world culture. The norm of the world is that as the top person or the “big cheese” you can unleash power at every opportunity and mistreat the people you lead.


 What can we glean or learn from servant leaders? Three key things:


  1. Introspection- servant leaders take time to reflect, so they can release stress and reset. Part of this introspection involves meditation and inner alignment with their purpose of serving others.


  1. Humility- servant leaders see the people they serve the same; whether it’s their salaried people, hourly people or their volunteers. They understand what C.S. Lewis understood decades ago. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”


  1. Add Value- servant leaders add value to everyone they encounter; added value such as a smile, a prayer, an encouragement, assistance, service, bringing out the best or understanding the development paths of those they lead. Leaders- stay upside down serving those you lead!

Dr. Feyi Obamehinti

A wife, mother, an ordained minister of the gospel, Bible Teacher, speaker, life educator, author, co-founder of nonprofits Oasis Connection Ministries and Oasis Focus Inc., co-host of Oasis Connection TV, Oasis of Hope Podcast and encourager extraordinaire of the Wellness Project.

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