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Beware! Servant Leadership Does Not a Weak Leader Make.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Ellen Bryson

Recently, I was involved in discussions about a leader’s ability to perform his job effectively. He has difficulty creating the vision, fighting for what he believes is right, and managing and developing his staff. Someone in the group spoke up and said they viewed him as a servant leader. Sadly, this view implies that servant leaders are weak. The comment was really made because the leader is always trying to please everyone above all else.

Regardless of your leadership style, a leader must be able to influence others toward accomplishing a goal and inspire them to follow. You cannot be a leader if no one will follow you. Some people are natural born leaders; others learn to become leaders by study, practice, reflecting and learning from others.

Servant leaders practice the following:

  • Model the way
  • Assume followers to be partners
  • Develop and empower others
  • Use their heart as well as their head in decision making
  • Self starters
  • Set high goals; create action plans; execute for results
  • Make the hard decision; when things go wrong they take the blame; when things go right they give others credit
  • Not interested in having their own way, but finding the right way
  • Humble spirits

Servant leadership is widely practiced in the 21st century. It is about creating an environment that gets the best out of people. Southwest Airlines is a great example of a company that practices servant leadership; check out Gary’s Greeting (Southwest CEO Gary Kelly) and see it in action.