This about sums it up… but for the sake of the conversation, let’s discuss servant leadership anyway. It is rather striking, isn’t it, this congruence an age-old leadership concept and its emergence in the social model of business? Not everyone is cut out for it, and it may not fit every leadership situation. The foundation is instinctual. First, to serve; then, to lead. This seems reasonable, also, in the context both of how ‘followers’ view their ‘leaders’ and what makes the leadership/follower relationship tick. People will travel to the ends of the earth and perform herculean tasks for a leader that shows devotion, communicates direction, and assures them the tools and discretion to get the job done. Perhaps it’s a simple as this single phrase: ‘How can I help?’
It is no secret (except to some deposed despots, perhaps) that, realistically, any leader serves only at the pleasure of those that they lead. A leader that is not in tune with their following may remain for the time being – but the success of any team, small or large, sports or business – demands mutual respect and the desire to put aside some of the usual trappings of the leadership. In the end, those things may come. For those that genuinely embrace this leadership style, it is not wealth or power that drives their desire. It is the satisfaction of enabling and overseeing amazing things – accomplishments and contributions given gladly, wrought from the energy and power of the many – driven by a visionary servant who, along the way, leads them all to glory.
Q1) What does ‘servant leader’ conjure up in your mind?
Q2) Is such leadership learned? How?
Q3) What are some attributes of great servant leaders?
Q4) How a servant style distinct from the traditional leadership role?
Q5) What attributes of a team indicate the presence of a servant leader?
Q6) Is the ‘social business’ a good fit for a servant leader?
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Interesting reading on the topic: http://smartleadershipblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/why-servant-leadership/