5 Reasons Why Servant Leadership Works - Page 2
#2 - It adds value to the members of your team. I have found that when people truly believe that they are more valuable than just getting the job done they will always make sure the job gets done. When people feel valued they take value in what they do. You won't have to send out a memo chastising your team for their lack of commitment. You will be dropping them notes of thanks for being such great team members. Give a person value and they will go the extra mile for you. If you fail to give people a sense of value then they won't see any value in you as a leader.
#3 - You reap what you sow. It really is that simple. If you serve others, they will serve you. If you sow encouragement, generosity and kindness into those under you then you will receive the same back. Another way of saying this is, "What goes around comes around." If you are self-serving, impatient and demanding then you will be treated likewise.
#4 - It fosters an atmosphere of trust. Nothing builds trust faster than a servant attitude. This is because people know you care about them and have their best interest at heart even when you have to deal with problems. They can trust you. Nothing fosters distrust, backbiting, and an atmosphere of having to watch your back like working for a demanding, uncaring and self-absorbed boss because you are viewed as nothing more than a tool to get something done. This atmosphere requires people work in a self protection mode and nothing gets done in this environment. It stifles growth and creativity and it kills the team.
#5 - It increases your potential for success. A good leader realizes that no matter how talented he is, he can't go very far without other people. I have learned that I am limited by my talent and ability. But combined with the talent, creativity and potential of a team the sky is the limit. This is true, not just for me as the leader, but for every member of the team. The typical leader hires people that are below his level so because he feels his leadership is threatened by someone better than him. A great leader surrounds himself with the best talent he can find so that he can maximize the potential of the team, and therefore, himself. That is great leadership.Continued on the next page