A Servant Leadership Model

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Leadership is a complex process, and is comprised of a single characteristic or trait. Leadership, rather, is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal (Northouse, 2015). An organization’s success largely depends on the guidance of its leaders. Great leaders are methodical in their approach to growth and success. They create a vision, articulate that vision to their followers, create a plan to achieve the vision, and guide their organization into new directions (Parris & Peachey, 2012). Servant leadership places an emphasis on social responsibility, ethical behavior, and intentionally developing one’s followers purely for the sake of developing and aiding the followers themselves (PSY 815, n.d.). …show more content…
Recognizing that some followers find a CEO unapproachable or feeling like they’re ‘just a number’ creates a volatile emotionally-laden situation, which greatly hinders the transition to a servant leadership model.
Ranked highest in the ‘skills and abilities’ graph, the CEO is valued for his/her managerial expertise. According to Greenleaf (1970), a servant leader should envision a positive future state of an organization the s/he helps followers work towards by using creativity and imagination. Being able to leverage the strength of his/her managerial expertise will bode well for the CEO to identify ways to bring followers together to work toward this vision. In fact, servant leadership is vision-oriented, and accomplishing that vision requires that the leader firmly adhere to following
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As these are hallmarks to the servant leader-follower relationship, mentoring should be a servant leader’s core responsibilities. By using active listening and encouragement as discussed earlier, a leader promotes education and skill development to help his/her followers work toward and achieve their goals. As a CEO ranked high in the “Great Eight” leadership competencies of enterprising and performing, he is adept at building up skills, resources and a sense of self-efficacy in order to help his followers work toward their positive change (PSY 815, n.d.). Commitment to the growth of people is one of the critical characteristics of servant leadership, and one of the keys to empowering people is by making them feel significant (Russell & Stone,

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