Servant Leadership : Why It Is The Best For Leading An Organization?
Definition & Behaviors
Why is Servant Leadership the best means for leading an organization? Simply put, Jesus did it. Jesus lead through and from a servant leadership style and he is arguably the greatest leader to walk the face of the earth. It is the most selfless approach to leadership. Henry Greenleaf, the founding father of Servant Leadership defined a servant leader as one who serves first (Greenleaf Center, 2016, p. 1). These leaders “focus primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong” (Greenleaf Center, 2016, p. 1). According to Dr. Donald Philip Valeri’s research paper, The Origins of Servant Leadership, it is important to notice that a servant leader has a “natural feeling” to want “to serve first” and ultimately it is this “conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead” (Valeri, 2007, p. 6). This individual drastically differs from one “who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions” (Valeri, 2007, p. 6). In order to determine if someone is indeed a servant leader, Greenleaf “provided a practical, observable test”: “do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?” (Valeri, 2007, p. 6).
There are seven key servant leader behaviors that speak its effectiveness and as to why it is…