A Guide to Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is basically a management philosophy where the main objective of the leader is for them to serve. This is quite different from conventional leadership in which the leaders main goal is the survival of their organization or company. In this case the leaders serve for their team and not for the organization. This also has different consequences in the way the organization is run as it is more of a teamwork rather than a single leader. In a traditional leadership style, the head of the organization has to lead by example and this might mean that he would have to retire or at least move to a different position once his term as leader is over.

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There are many benefits to having a Servant leadership style including the fact that the leader realizes that everyone on his team has an emotional as well as intellectual need. By putting these needs into good balance the team will work better and be more productive as well as happier. Empathy as well as understanding is also present in this leadership style. The more of these qualities a manager has then the better the team will perform. It is also important that they realize that their responsibility is to look after everyone on the team and that the results should always be positive and of a high quality.

If you are going to implement servant leadership, then it is important that you inculcate these values within yourself as well as your team members. There should be an awareness of equality and fairness as well as the ability to communicate effectively and objectively. You should use empathy in your communication as the team members need to feel that they are getting a real value from what they are doing. When the goals are clearly defined, the priorities given to each are clear and understood and any questions are answered with clarity. In addition to this make sure that the policies and procedures are well-defined and that there is proper training for all of your team members. These are only a few of the things that you can do to ensure success and profitability within your organization as a whole.