Servantleadership is basically a type of leadership system in which theleader seeks to serve the juniors rather than dominating them. Thisapproach starts with the concern for the welfare of other people, andit is majorly characterized by loyalty and commitment. A leader, inthis type of approach, should be a servant first. This leadershipstyle come along with certain characteristics, which I, as a servantleader, possess.
Commitmentto the growth of others
Asa servant leader I believe that individuals have hidden values beyondwhat they contribute to the organization (Greenleaf, 2005). As such,I am fully committed to their growth in various capacities within ourorganization or otherwise. Thus, I do everything that is needed toimprove and develop the professional, personal, and spiritualwell-being of my employees. Organizing seminars and professionalworkshops can, for instance, help my employees to advance in theirprofession.
Leadershave ever since been respected for their communication and decision-making skills (Greenleaf, 2005). In servant leadership, this skillmust be reinforced by a serious dedication to listening attentivelyto others. A servant-leader needs to listen deeply and receptively toall his or her juniors. Listening blended with frequent reflection isimportant to the development of a servant-leader. For instance,before making any major decision I take the time to listen to myemployees’ views about a particular decision.
Asa servant-leader, I basically rely on convincing others in making adecision rather than using my authority or coercion (Mckee, 2012).This enables and enhances the building up of consensus over a disputeamong the organization`s employees. Persuasion element provides aclear distinction between an authoritarian and servant-leader.
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Greenleef,K. (2005). TheUnderstanding and Practice of Servant-Leadership.Regent University Press.
Sincethe class was majorly concerned with principles of management andways to rise to become a leader, I am going to reflect on roles andfunctions of a manager since it seems importance to my futurebusiness endeavors. Essentially, there are five functions a managershould handle, and when coordinated in a proper manner they ensurethe success of a company or organization.
Moreoften, the success of a business lies within this function. This isbasically a systematic thinking through goals and decision as to whatis to be attained to fulfill the business objectives (Northouse,1997). Thus, I will use this procedure to plan for the future of mybusiness, foresee problems, and note down ways to evade them.
Secondlya manager must organize his available resources well before settingoff the project. This function will help me know what is availableand not available thus, I will be able to sustain my business fully.
Toensure successful and smooth running of my business, I need to focuson recruiting, training, and developing my employees. A manager in abig organization often works closely with the human resourcedepartment to fulfill the staffing needs of the organization.
Thesuccess of my future business will also depend on the ability toactivate the efforts of my employees towards the achievement of mybusiness objectives. Thus, this skill will of enormous significancetowards achieving the required goals of the company.
Thisis the process of regulating the running of a business within itsobjective track (Northouse, 1997). This skill will help me control mybusiness effectively by establishing standards of performance,measuring present performance, and detecting deviations from thestandards. Hence, being familiar with these functions is very helpfulto my future business endeavors.
Northouse,P. (1997). Leadership:Theory and Practice.Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage.