Servant Leadership?

by Jason Dick

In my last post I talked about subtlety and reading between the lines. I grew up reading and experiencing servant leadership and have become an advocate for it. Can servant leadership survive in a world of politics and subtlety? It seems the individual who speaks first and the loudest often succeeds.

Servant leadership is a concept promotes humility and serving your staff and donors. I like the idea of taking the perspective a good manager does everything in their power to help their staff succeed. When working with volunteers servant leadership offers to go the extra mile and help them out.

It sometimes seems to me this kind of leadership can allow people to walk all over you. Instead of setting up boundaries around what can and cannot happen it opens up possibilities. This means an idea or conversation can be hijacked by someone with their own agenda or method or plan. It appears everyone has to be on-board with the model of servant leadership in order for it to be successful.

What do you think? Have you experienced this kind of leadership? Do you agree or disagree with some of my observations?

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