Servant Leadership: Does it Work?
Leadership Style to help others to Grow and Thrive
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Servant Leadership as a concept is well entrenched and observed in the political and social world. However, the pertinent question is, that does it exist in the Corporate world? We talk a lot about it, but do we have examples of Servant Leader in the world apart from the political and social world? Few examples which come to mind are Steve Jobs, Apple, and Vineet Nayar, ex CEO of HCL.
In this article, I explain the 6 important traits of a Great Servant Leader:
Servant Leadership Model
1. Be a Coach
A Servant Leader needs to be a Coach, Mentor, Philosopher, and Guide. A Person who can help the team in reaching their full potential and use coaching techniques to bring about transformation
2. Provide Safety Net
One of the attributes of a Servant Leader is to provide that cushion/comfort to the team members and encourage them to take fail to safe experiments. One of the reasons why innovation is of low priority is because our team members are afraid of failure. This whereas a Servant Leader, we need to provide that psychological comfort and safety to our teams
3. Stay Humble
As a Servant Leader, I need to be grounded, down To earth, humble and appreciative. As the very famous quote in the movie "The Lion King" says:
While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.
4. Celebrate with Team
A Servant leader is with the team in the hour of crisis as well as in the hour of success. They need to ensure that the team earns its due credit.
5. Be Transparent
One of the hallmarks of a true leader is to be open and transparent in their actions. The expectation is to be open with all, not hide any information and establish a culture of Trust and Openness. Transparency is key to a successful transformation of your team members into a Servant Leadership role
6. Constant Motivator
Not all days in the project are the same. There are times when teams are demotivated, looking for inspiration and guidance. This is where the Servant Leader plays a crucial role in constantly motivating the Team Members to continue the good work in spite of failures
The above model is a guiding model to bring about a Servant Leadership culture in our organizations.
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