It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.~Alan Cohen
What is a Servant Leader?
Servant Leader/ship has evolved into a popular leadership model. In 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf developed this model and his thought process behind the concept of Servant Leadership happens when a person/s reach out to serve others and leave behind the command and control models of leadership by focusing on being more in tune with the needs of others.
The word ‘Servant’ in this concept would be a person/s that devotes his/herself to meet the needs of those people that he/she lead plus work to serve the needs of organization members. Also, the ‘Servant’ works in developing employees to be the best they can be by encouraging self expression and personal growth by working to build a sense of community and joint ownership.
A great Servant Leader is so effective at meeting the needs of those working around them that their followers can reach their full potential and perform to the best of his/her ability. There is a strength in looking at this type of leadership because it moves us past the self-serving and domineering leadership style. Servant Leadership has more of a focus on how to respect, value, encourage, and mentor the people that report to the team leader.
The concept and principles of Servant Leadership are quite admirable but t is the societal image of “Servant” that can be a problem and at times misleading. Hopefully, everyone has a better idea of what a Servant Leader is because my next blog will share some components surrounding the concept of Servant Leadership/Leaders.