Servant Leadership changes the focus from just the needs of the leader to a more holistic style of leadership that considers the needs of the follower. The servant leader not only recognizes that their followers have needs, but he also takes responsibility for serving his team by meeting their needs.
Jesus said, “You know that those who are rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:42-45, ESV).
Throughout the years I have had the privilege of working for many servant leaders, beginning with my very first job. I was a clerk at a local drugstore when I was sixteen, and my boss truly exemplified a servant’s heart. Tim’s focus was on training each of us to be the best we could be, and there was never a doubt that he cared about us and had our best interests in mind.
Leaders can develop character and personality traits that can make him or her more effective. These traits, without certain skills, will not make the individual a leader so the leader must learn the skills necessary to be an effective leader. These skills will impact his or her team as he or she learns to focus on production at times and focus on relationships at other times.
Servant leadership provides that holistic approach.
No matter what style the leader is most comfortable with and most effective at implementing, servant leadership’s focus is on the well-being of the organization and the well-being of the members of the team. Because Tim was focused on the well being of both, I was willing to give my all to make the store successful because I knew that this would make my boss successful as well.
Do you want to succeed in leadership? Then pour a majority of your energy into your subordinates, and they will be more motivated to help you succeed.
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