Essay on Servant Leadership : A Servant Leader

1049 Words Nov 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Servant Leadership
Servant Leadership Defined Many leadership styles exist. The determining factor if a leadership style is effective or not is often how it is carried out and if it is appeasing to those, the leader is attempting to lead. One of the leadership styles that has become popular is servant leadership. “Greenleaf developed, servant leadership more than thirty-five years ago and he identified ten characteristics that pertain to servant leadership” (Marquis, 2009, p. 56). Servant leadership has been successful in various industries and its popularity continues to rise.
The Characteristics of Servant Leadership The GreenLeaf Center for Servant Leadership has identified ten characteristics that are critical in developing a servant leader. These characteristics include “listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and the building of community” (Spears, 2010, p.27-29). I have defined the following three servant leadership styles: listening, awareness, and building of the community. Listening is not unique to servant leadership and should be a quality that all leaders posse. To be successful in listening the servant leader should be cognizant of the verbal and non-verbal messages. Another trait of a successful leader is having the ability to hear one’s own voice. “Listening, coupled with periods of reflection, is essential to the growth and well-being of the servant leader”…

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