Practical ways to practise servant leadership

  • Trust and respect. Treat everyone on your team as a whole person.
  • Accountability. Hold yourself accountable knowing that no one is perfect.
  • Listening. Actively solicit your team members’ participation, their ideas, and their feedback such that you can tailor your leadership approach to each one of them accordingly.
  • Service to others. Encourage your team members, through your words and actions, to set aside self-serving behaviours in favour of serving others.
  • Mentoring. Offer selfless mentorship.
  • Persistence. Practise persistence with patience, realising that one or two conversations may not have the desired change in an employee’s assumptions or mindset.

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