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What Does Servant Leadership Mean To You?

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

Devin Willis

Resources-

What is Servant Leadership? The Robert K. Greenleaf Center, Inc.

Servant Leadership by Ken Blanchard The Blanchard Management Report-

Servant leadership -From Wikipedia

What Leaders Do to Lead Well Diagram (pdf)-Lead Well

Ignite!the online newsletter from The Ken Blanchard Companies.

Change how you deal with peopledavid.weeProject:Senso

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Leadership Words + Insight

Trevor Gay,  who  spent 35 years working in healthcare management shared some great insights on his blog Simplicity. He wrote the following:

Feeling in a reflective mood, I thought I would list the most outstanding qualities of the most effective leaders I’ve ever worked with or for.

These were the 5 words that came into my head after not very long thinking about the question:

Integrity
Humility
Kindness
Support
Fairness


Strange how words like Hard, Decisive, Ruthless, and Disciplinarian did not come into my head. That probably says more about me than anything else.

I agree with Trevor.  During my 17 years of management experience I have come to the same conclusions

I would add:

Example-Lead by what we do, not what we only say.

I have seen leadership as a stewardship and huge responsibility. I perhaps see my role to “encourage the heart. and empower and celebrate learning and the growth of others”

Currentl my company gives it’s leaders the opportunity to do the above and I feel lucky to be working , growing, learning and teaching here.

What are others thoughts?

Humbly submitted,

Devin Willis

Resources That Are Helpful:

Servant Leadership, Stewardship and Winnie the Pooh
Wayne Stewart, February 2005,PDF/Adobe Acrobat

Ken Blanchard – Situational Leadership By mftrou.com

First issue of BusinessWeek + “Trouble at the Office ” can help you succeed! August 22, 2008, Devin Willis, My Discoveries on the Road to Prosper and Learn

Concepts of Leadership A Big Dog, Little Dog and Knowledge Jump Production.

Inspirational Blogs on Leadership and Management August 12, 2008 , Devin Willis

The Top 100 Management and Leadership Blogs That All Managers Should Bookmark” By HR World Editors on June 10, 2008

Ethan Willis in the News! E-strengths assessment helps others – posted  on Modern Kung fu July 24, 2008 found  by Devin Willis

Totally Consumed HR Jeff Treder– he also , correctly pointed  out  I , ” missing some of the heaviest-hitters,” including: All Things Workplace , Managing Leadership , Flowing Motion , Ripple Effect :Human Markets Ask a Manager and Totally Consumed HR .:

Leadership vs. ManagementSyque


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