As the head of a company or organization, I think that being a servant leader is one of the most important ways to approach your role. This approach enabled me to hone my five EOS leadership abilities (to Simplify, Delegate, Predict, Systematize, and Structure).
A servant leader is a person who thinks about being a servant first, and a leader second. They prioritize the growth and prosperity of those around them, and help with other’s needs, rather than feeding their own personal ambitions. Being a servant leader is about community building and lifting up your fellow workers. Servant leaders make a conscious choice to promote the growth and well-being of the people they lead.
It’s not about being “at the top of the pyramid”, it’s about helping the others climb up to the top by developing their skills and passions. I always strive to be a servant leader because I believe that a strong community is greater than the sum of its parts. Caring for other people is the greatest strength of a servant leader. It’s easy to become a servant leader if you just look around. Ask yourself, what can I do to help those around you, and make them more productive? Best Practices of Servant Leaders
The idea behind a servant leadership philosophy is that employees and community members are human beings, not cogs in a machine. The more empathy a leader has, the more they will succeed at motivating and supporting the people they lead. With the empathy of a servant leader, you will get better responses from your people.
Delegation will flow because your people will feel fully supported and empowered to do what you have taken off of your own place. Further, the increased communication will enable you to predict their performance on task categories before even delegating them. You will have a better sense of how to move forward.
Another synergistic factor of servant leaders is that they are informed of far more than those who employees deem closed off. People are far more likely to keep servant leaders abreast of their missteps and deviations from the systemized processes when they feel comfortable that their leader has their back, feels for them, and wants to help.
Mistakes that compound as they are left hidden under the proverbial rug come out into the open where they can be addressed. Field data travels seamlessly without employee paranoia preventing the free flow of information. In short, simplification, delegation, prediction, and systemization all are enhanced by servant leadership. If you want to get the most out of your team and your structure is solid, your journey as a leader might as well adopt servant leadership principles.
Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC (www.todayslatina.com), Founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), Author of 9 books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker and sport pilot. Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion and achieving success in business. She has been hired by the United States Army, BP International, United Airlines, Allstate, Farmers among other corporations to share her inspiration. Read about the journey to a great leader, The Fig Factor, https://www.jackiecamacho.com/fig-factor
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