Servant leadership is an approach to leadership that requires a leader to focus on the needs of followers and create a culture of success. They are focused on the growth and development of their followers in order to achieve this goal.
Servant leaders make use of in service-oriented leadership, a process where followers are given opportunities to contribute to a shared vision and mission. They are always open to feedback, have a deep understanding of their employees and they are able to build strong relationships with them.
Servant leaders make use of in service-oriented leadership, a process where followers are given opportunities to contribute to a shared vision and mission.
There are some important qualities all servant leaders should exhibit and they include the following:
Empathy: Servant leaders are nurturing, empathic and compassionate. They have a genuine interest in people, an openness to the needs of others, encouraging teamwork and want to be present and accessible to everyone. They also have good listening skills which is vital in showing empathy.
Leadership: A servant leader will empower those around them to make decisions or take on tasks that they are comfortable with. For a servant leader, the most important thing is the other person’s sense of accomplishment and self-worth after completing. They have a sincere desire to make a positive impact.
Service-oriented: Servant leaders do not look down on those around them with contempt or arrogance. They are there to serve those around them.
Selflessness: Servant leaders put the needs of others before themselves. They do selfishly seek their own interests but are concerned about the development of those on their team.
Humility: Unlike other styles of leadership where the leader is seen at the forefront, the servant leader is usually behind the scene nurturing and serving. Therefore, humility is a very vital quality in being a servant.