The Characteristics Of Servant Leadership

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Being a leader in today’s work place is no small task. Some leaders rule with fear and others rule with love. Within all organizations there are leaders and followers, leaders generally guide and develop their followers into leaders. They do this by being a servant-leader, a servant-leader is someone who puts the needs of others first. Servant-leadership is important because a leader that serves others will empower and inspire followers to perform. Servant leaders possess many characteristics that are important in the workplace, they focus on teamwork, team building growth and development. These leaders are ideal because they know "who they are and what they stand for, and then have the courage to act" (Daft, 2015, p.167). A leader that has …show more content…
The bond that servant leaders have with their followers is like no other, it inspires motivation, growth, trust, communication and encouragement. “They instill a sense of dignity, responsibility, and meaningfulness in menial tasks like scrubbing floors and cleaning toilets” (Daft, 2015 p.179). This shows that a good leader can be the difference between making menial tasks feel important. Servant leadership is something that can be learned but not every leader can be a servant leader, some are just too concerned with self-interest. Many organizations seek out servant leaders in order to achieve the highest levels of success and team morale. This style of leadership is very useful for many reasons but the most valuable reason is that it can build bonds between people and keep the organizations morale on the up and up. While this leadership style is ideal for many organizations it does not mean that it will work for every organization, this is because not all organizations have the same leaders with the capabilities or desires to want to be servant leaders. Some organizations fear a change to a servant leadership style because it is the change of environment, fear of change is natural but the hope that change will bring benefit to the organization is more powerful. Hope coupled …show more content…
They both work for the greater good of the company and often put the needs of others before their own while taking risks. These two are also different in the ways that they make their impacts. The leaders are in a higher position of power and have the means to offer rewards to improve performance and encourage others. They also have more influence in the organization, be being a leader they can inspire and lead by example. When an organization has both effective leaders and effective followers they are sure to have a work. Leaders and followers can only be as effective as their environments, so if an environment is not supportive of the organizations goals it will be a constant battle, that is why it is up to the leaders to create positive work environments and it is up to the followers to maintain that work environment. One example of this is if one employee has a bad attitude and hates the work he or she is doing their bad attitude will eventually spread to others and soon the whole work place will be negative and unhealthy. An effective leader would have known that this employee wasn’t happy with their current assignment and work with them to figure out what their true calling is within the organization. The effective follower would also try to approach this individual and help seek out a resolution to their problem or bring it up to the leader. Leaders

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