June 08, 2009

Servant Leadership

Spears (and no I do not mean Britney :) ) identified 10 characteristics of a servant leadder in Robert Greenleaf's book - 'The power of Servant Leadership.' These are:

1.      Listening

2.      Empathy

3.      Healing

4.      Awareness

5.      Persuasion

6.      Conceptualisation

7.      Foresight

8.      Stewardship

9.      Commitment to the growth of people

10.  Building community

The above points 1-3 is about how to effectively manage people. Listening to them, empathising with them and healing relationship between co-workers and friends.

Awareness is about being aware of one's strengths and weaknesses as well as the surroundings.

Persuasion is about how to effectively approach people and motivaate them in the long run. Using powers of reason and logic to persuade other rather than one's positional power.  

Conceptualising and foresight is about identifying an appropriate vision, strategy and goals for the team/company, and being aware of the consequences of the actions that one take to achieve set goals.

Stewardship is what I beleive is the essense of servant leadership style, it is about 'first abd foremost a commitment to serving the needs of others.' And this links in with the 9th point, investing the the growth of individuals both from intelectual and career perspectives.

The final point, is about aiming for more than just successful achievement of a goal and creating an effective team, it is about creating a great environment for everyone.

I really this model because it shows the several dimensions of leadership as well as describe a leader as more than just as someone who leads others.  


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  1. Interesting list, Sherz! Do you think you would be able to rank these aspects? I spent some thought on it and for me I think awareness is one of the most important ones. And it is also an attribute that has been mentioned rather rarely in the theories I have come across. Reflection on oneself but also the surroundings is crucial I think. And by sourroundings I do not only mean the business environment but also the leaders social or privat environment as this is vital on a long-term basis. Think about a leader who’s being a excellent at his job and leading style but all the effort put in doesn’t allow him to be happy or find his inner peace (cheesy I know but can’t think about another way to express it right now). In Germany a former vice-chancelor (Franz Müntefering) stepped down from his office in 2007 when his wife got cancer and returned to parliament after her death. For me this reflects a high degree of overall awareness which allows him to choose the path he did. ...

    14 Jun 2009, 23:19

  2. I beleive that team building and relationship aspects are major aspects of leadership. Therefore, I would choose listening and empathy as my top servant leadership qualities followed by stewardship and commitment to the growth of people.

    15 Jun 2009, 05:30

  3. Amrita

    Hi !

    I really enjoyed reading the complete article.
    I think servant Leadership mainly emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. At heart, the individual is a servant first, making the conscious decision to lead in order to better serve others, not to increase their own power. The objective is to enhance the growth of individuals in the organization and increase teamwork and personal involvement.

    With Regards
    Amrita

    11 Jul 2009, 12:18

  4. Aishani

    You have pointed out a very good model on leadership qualities. Yes! indeed these qualities should be the basic foundations of a leader. Am really inspired by this post.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    14 Aug 2009, 06:52


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