I ran across a couple articles today about Servant Leadership and it got me thinking about how this model could be used for personal growth as well as leadership growth.
For those of you who might not be familiar with this concept the Servant Leadership Model is a leadership philosophy where a leader develops a synergistic relationship with his subordinates instead of controlling or demanding authority. It’s a philosophy of leadership where employees are empowered, giving them decision making power. In an article form Forbes.com written by James Heskett, Why Isn’t Servant Leadership More Prevalent? (Forbes, 2013), he defines it roughly as follows: “Servant leadership is an age-old concept, a term loosely used to suggest that a leader’s primary role is to serve others, especially employees.”
I believe that we should always work hard to be the best person we can be filled with kindness and understanding. So I want to share with you another article I found from Butler University entitled “Ten Principles of Servant Leadership” originally written by the man who coined the phrase ‘Servant Leadership’, Robert Greenleaf. These are philosophies that will help make each of us a better and more whole person as well as a great leader!
I believe each and every one of these Principles will make us better leaders as well as better people.