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Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to be a 'Servant Leader'

Servant leader's attitude

Instead of being a dictator and employees followers, a true servant leader serves the employees as well.

A leader makes sure each team member has the resources and support necessary to learn and grow.


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Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to be a 'Servant Leader'

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to be a 'Servant Leader'

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The goal of servant leadership

Successful leadership starts with an attitude of providing service to the goals and dreams of customers and colleagues.

The goal of servant leadership is to lead with integrity, honesty, and professionalism at all times.

Workers who have "buy in" often deliver quality products, as well as customers who become highly devoted.

Servant leader's attitude

Instead of being a dictator and employees followers, a true servant leader serves the employees as well.

A leader makes sure each team member has the resources and support necessary to learn and grow.


Community Involvement

The servant leader concept emphasizes the importance of working for the benefit of the community at large.

This type of leader sees the bigger picture and creates products that improve the quality of life for customers. 

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The concept of servant leadership
The actual term for a leader who upends the power pyramid to put others' needs first was introduced by Robert Greenleaf in his influential 1970 essay "The Servant As Leader" in 1970.
The 6 main principles of servant leadership
  1. Empathy. Give trusted co-workers the benefit of the doubt by assuming the good in them. It goes a long way toward instilling loyalty and trust in you from your team.
  2. Awareness. Care deeply about the welfare of the team members. Don't view them only as cogs in a machine.
  3. Building community. Build community where both employees and customers can thrive.
  4. Persuasion. Rely on persuasion rather than coercion to create internal motivation required to complete the task effectively.
  5. Conceptualization. Servant-leading entrepreneurs focus on the big picture and don't get overly distracted by daily operations and short-term goals.
  6. Growth. Care passionately about the personal and professional growth of each member of the team.
Servant Leader

A servant leader is someone who serves others first, before anything else. 

Traditional leadership tends to be about systems and structures that make...
Servant leader traits
  • Isn’t concerned about acquiring or holding onto power.
  • Isn’t focused on maintaining a certain reputation above all else.
  • Isn’t obsessed with staying ahead of everyone else on the ladder.
  • Doesn’t fear employees gaining skills and knowledge beyond their own.
  • Doesn’t use domination or fear to control people
  • Doesn’t think in terms of controlling people at all, really.
  • Places high value on the community.
  • Is committed to the growth and improvement of those being led.
How to become a Servant Leader
  1. Be a good listener. Try to determine what the desire of the group or individuals are. 
  2. Practice empathy. Empathy allows you to get past surface issues and to discover what is going on.
  3. Embrace concepts of healing. The servant leader recognizes the brokenness of people and looks for ways to make broken people well.
  4. Be aware of the obvious and the subtle, both in your own life and in other’s lives.
  5. Be persuasive. Use the power of persuasion to help people choose the right path as needed instead of demanding the path.
  6. Be able to conceptualize. Servant leaders are big-picture thinkers, thinking of what their team needs to do to accomplish everything, not just the one thing in front of them.
  7. Be a good steward. A steward is someone who holds onto something and keeps it in good condition for others who need it down the road.
  8. Love the community.

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A servant leader is not a dictator

A dictator barks out orders and does not take into account the wants and needs of others. 

Servant leaders work tirelessly to develop their people and are focused on what they can do ...

Ways to establish a culture of servant leadership
  • Let others see you serve and encourage them to join you.
  • Make sure they know that you care. Being knowledgeable does not make you a good leader - being caring does.
  • Invest your time in your people. Regularly connect with them.
  • Don’t place restrictions on your willingness to serve.