McDonnell Talks 'Servant Leadership' at Alma Mater

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Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., made a trip this week to the place that helped start his political career. He was the featured speaker for Regent University's Executive Leadership Series in Virginia Beach, Va.

"It's the most votes for any candidate for governor in the history of Virginia," said Regent University and CBN founder Dr. Pat Robertson. "I am very proud that this gentleman is also a distinguished alumnus of Regent University."

Robertson welcomed McDonnell back to his alma mater. McDonnell graduated 21 years ago from Regent University with a joint degree in law and government.

He used that training to launch a successful career in public policy, most recently receiving nearly 59 percent of the vote to become Virginia's 71st governor.

"This was the toughest budget in modern Virginia history, a $4 billion deficit that we were able to resolve with no tax increases, essentially on time, after another 7 billion in cuts in previous years," McDonnell said.

The Virginia governor went on to define what he believes is true leadership.

"Getting individuals and groups to be motivated to take action through a leader's inspiration and not their dictation," he said.

The governor also said successful leaders have certain traits, including a good attitude and a focus on results, not rhetoric.

He added that leaders also need to put people first and engage in what he called "servant leadership." He cited the Bible as his point of reference.

"It reflects those words of Jesus, who said that the greatest among you is the servant of all, and the fact that He came not to be served, but to serve," McDonnell said. "I think that is the model for servant leadership."

McDonnell said servant leaders are good listeners, are quick to forgive, expect excellence, and encourage their team.

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