Servant leadership is all about serving the needs of others, helping others become their very best. Servant Leaders are distinct from any other leadership style by their remarkable and sustainable results. Authoritarian and dictatorship styles may have a short term sense of effectiveness, but they are not sustainable nor really that effective.
- “The best test is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?”—Robert Greenleaf
Characteristics of a servant leader: authentic listener, empathetic, persuasive, integrity, committed, humble, awake and emotionally intelligent.
- Your character is the source of your power as a leader.
- Your growth as a person is tied to your influence as a leader.
- Persuasion is the tool of the servant leader. Never force.
“Humility is the litmus test of leadership, whether a person is a master or a charlatan.”—Mark Devine
In the opinion of thought leader Brendon Burchard, servant leadership is the only kind of leadership. The title is duplicitous. You don’t say a “two-wheeled bicycle.” Redundant. Similarly , servant and leadership are one in the same. “Servant leaders are true leaders. As a matter of fact, I don’t see any appreciable distinction between true leaders and other kinds. You don’t say, ‘This is a true bicycle’; it is or it isn’t a bicycle. Likewise, a person is or isn’t a leader.”