The Servant Leader is Servant First
October 31, 2012
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Leadership is a huge topic. Career and riches are made talking, teaching and preaching different forms of leadership. Are leaders born or built? I believe that to be an effective leader today one must find new ways to serve not control.
My early mentor in business did not understand this and as such I learn by watching what was not working any longer. At times it was painful. The inherit mistrust of employees, of business partners, leads to isolation and crushes being nimble and innovative.
It works for those, a few, that need to be told what to do but pushes away others that want to be part of the decisions.
“It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice begins one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions… The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature” From Robert Greenleaf “The Servant as Leader” an essay first published in 1970.
I’ve made my choice, how about you?