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To lead is to take responsibility for oneself and others, with the aim of causing change. Who the managers are and the values they hold is a fundamental piece of a team’s functionality.
When breakdowns in business occur, the typical response is to change what we’re doing. But if the management itself isn’t effective, the room to operate doesn’t matter.
It’s not only opting to take responsibility for oneself and others, but to take responsibility for the cause itself.
Because of this, leadership is anything but sexy. It’s not attractive. And a lot of the time, it’s not really all that fun.
As feedback arrives from their team and the marketplace, extraordinary leaders look first at how they are before pointing to what they do.
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Sometimes a teammate needs a warm hug. Sometimes the team needs a visionary, a new style of coaching, someone to lead the way or even, on occasion, a kick in the bike shorts.
For that reason, great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal and the best tool for the job.
Servant leadership is a very social leadership style.
While traditional leadership is about the accumulating, hoarding and exercising (which often degenerates into abusing) of power by...