#DailyWritingChallenge Day 75: Service

noun. the action of helping or doing work for someone.
Servant leadership is a leadership philosophy in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. This is different from traditional leadership where the leader’s main focus is the thriving of their company or organizations.
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Being in service of others is a powerful leadership style. Being a servant-leader requires heightened self-awareness, humility and integrity.
Servant leaders are result-oriented, but they use their foresight, they listen and they do not abuse their authority.
They use their intellect to build trust, to forge collaborations, to coach others and to resolve conflict.
A servant-leader leads from behind.
“A leader… is like a shepherd, they stay behind the flock,
letting the most nimble go ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realising that all along they are being directed from behind”.
Nelson Mandela
People become leaders in a number of different ways, for a number of different reasons. Leadership motivations and leadership skills vary from leader to leader.
Servant leaders are selfless, empathetic, resolute, virtuous, authentic, non-partisan and thorough. They lead with their hearts. They lead as a human-first, leader-second.  
Accidental leaders, they serve first, they lead second. Their leadership surfaces through their commitment to who and what they serve.
“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”.
Robert Greenleaf
Theorists have identified 11 Pillars that underpin the Servant-Leadership model:
  1. Calling – compelled to lead others, for a belief that is bigger than the individual.
  2. Self-Awareness – thinking deeply about emotions and behavior, align with values.
  3. Stewardship – taking responsibility for the actions and performance of a team, and being accountable for the role team members play.
  4. Listening –  committed to listening deeply to others.
  5. Persuasive – encouraging others to take action.
  6. Growth – committed to the personal and professional development of everyone in the team.
  7. Empathy – striving to understand other people’s intentions and perspectives.
  8. Foresight – predicting the future by learning from past experiences, identifying what’s happening now, and understanding the consequences of your decisions.
  9. Community-building – building a sense of community within the organisation.
  10. Healing – supporting the emotional health and “wholeness” of people.
  11. Conceptualisation – dreaming great dreams, looking beyond day-to-day realities to the bigger picture.

Servant Leadership: An Ideal Approach to Enhance Job Satisfaction ...

I read this article on Servant Leadership via Linkedin a while back. It is based on research into the most successful companies, brands and CEOs in the world and what characteristics they share:

“Over the last three decades, servant leadership has risen from a noble and ethical leadership ideology stuck in religious worldviews to the very principles of how the most successful companies on the planet operate and profit”.

Marcel Schwantes

Servant leadership makes teams stronger, organisations more successful and enables each individual in a team to grow and have impact. Servant leaders grow communities, create followers and lead change.

When I think of great leaders who I admire, I think of Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandel and Mahatma Ghandi.

What do these world leaders all have in common?

Servant Leadership.

When I think of the leaders  around me and in the world who do not inspire me, what do they have in common?

Self-serving Leadership.


Published by Ethical Leader

Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Speaker and Writer. Experience of teaching schools, initial teacher education, mentoring & coaching, diversity and equality. Passionate about integrity, ethics and values.

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