Characteristics Of Servant Leaders

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Leadership develops over time as we grow and mature. Our first teachers are the people we are surrounded by during our formative years (Willard, n.d.). Although we can’t always pick the people we grow up around we can certainly choose the good traits and characteristics they possess. Ethical leaders use the body, mind and soul to provide internal direction so they can be at their best. As I reflect on my ethical body and leadership, it becomes clear that I am a combination of a participative and servant leader. Considering the importance of being a good leader, one of the most important traits is to be honest with those you lead. Honesty when dealing with others develops a trust between leader and follower which fosters a sense …show more content…
As a leader in a public high school it is a goal of mine to help teachers grow and develop into the best teachers they can become (Greenleaf for Servant Leadership, n.d.). Being honest with teachers during their yearly evaluation is one way to help them grow. Discussing positive and negative of the teacher observation will be most effective for administrator and teacher if both are honest about what happened during the observation. This is an opportunity for administrators to ask honest and open questions that invites the teacher to reach deeper and allow the teacher to answer more about the subject at hand (Palmer, 2004). Along with honesty I believe a successful servant leader is someone followers can rely on to be available in a time of crisis and someone who will follow through what they say they will do. Reliable leaders are someone that not only shares what they value and what is important, but they act on those values consistently. Followers can count on a reliable leader to be trusted, loyal and exhibit credibility. Being reliable is about taking action, even the smallest of action. For example, keeping an appointment with a teacher or ordering extra textbooks for a teacher within a day or two instead of waiting weeks or longer. Jesus …show more content…
Wanting to be the best leader is a burning desire that I have. However, this competiveness to be the best doesn’t abolish my priority of being an ethical leader. I don’t want to be the man who has earned success by cheating or taking advantage of anyone. Success shouldn’t come with a price and success shouldn’t justify any wrongs done (Bonhoeffer, 1995). Successful leaders should be recognized for their success by hard work, ability to motivate and high expectations for those they

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