What is a servant leader?
“The servant–leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” – Robert K. Greenleaf.
Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.
Calling: Do people believe you are willing to sacrifice self interest for the good of the group?
Awareness: Do others believe you have a strong awareness for what is going on?
Stewardship: Do others believe you are preparing the organization to make a positive difference?
Listening: Do people believe that you want to hear their ideas and will value them?
Persuasion: Do others follow your request because they want to as opposed to because the have to?
Growth: Do people believe you are committed to helping them grow and develop?
Empathy: Do people believe you will understand what is happening in their lives and how it affects them?
Foresight: Do others have confidence in your ability to anticipate the future and consequences?
Community Building: Do people feel a strong sense of community in the organization you lead?
Healing: Do people come to you when the chips are down or when something traumatic has happened in their lives?
Conceptualization: Do others communicate their ideas and vision for the organization when you are around?
Question: Do you want to be a servant leader? Do you have a servant’s heart?
If you want to have these qualities then may I suggest you read Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.
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