I have learned some very important dimensions of leadership over the years from a lot people and in these times I think we look to leaders that believe in servant leadership.
What is servant leadership?
I asked a good friend of mine and Pastor , who gave me one of Ken Blanchard ‘s newsletter’s on leadership explained to me. It was developed in an effort to help leaders come to realize that teams are more powerful than the sum of the individuals and to recognize their people as appreciating assets.
I like the following definition for “Servant Leadership” :
“Servant Leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, he said:
“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants
to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.“
“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”
No doubt in my mind that author Ken Blanchard and others has done an effective job explaining the meaning of servant leadership to many leaders world and I am glad that we have the opportunity to work with him.
I know at Prosper Inc., I have witnessed Servant Leadership and Servant follow-ship through our company’s culture. Being able to help serve people changed my family’s life, my family and love serving others through leadership or through fellowship , truly reflecting on how the Lord has put me in a place I’m thankful for.
It is my humble hope and prayer that I will continue to keep the integrity and confidence necessary to persevere, the habit of being a servant leader and servant follower, and keep the vision of which service God would value most–l go forth and serve well
What is Servant Leadership? The Robert K. Greenleaf Center, Inc.
Servant leadership -From Wikipedia