Servant Leadership

I love the concept of servant leadership and it’s how I view the role of a manager.

When there is work to be done, people need to do it. But to do the work, they need tools, training and supplies. The role of the manager is to make sure people have what they need to do the work they have been asked to do

This is a very egalitarian model and it is consistent with my instincts as a Humanistic Manager, which is not to elevate one human above the rest, but to help each other build something cool together.

This sort of leadership requires humility. Understanding that the project isn’t about the manager. It’s about the project getting done and getting done well.

Humility also helps a leader to listen to the staff and respect their input when something goes wrong so it can be fixed. The last thing anyone wants or needs when there is a problem is a mandate to do something that not only won’t fix the problem, but that will make the problem harder to solve.

Finally, being a servant means serving. There is a problem to  be solved, the servant dedicates themselves to solving it. It is in this last area that shines for me as a Humanist.  I want to make things better. Not just for myself, but for others and for the communities in which I live.  This is my primary motivation in life.

Servant leadership in business isn’t just focused on business, and management. It’s also focused on why the business exists in the first place and what sort of impact the business is having on their customers, their employees and the communities in which they operate.

Solving a problem for yourself by creating problems for others – IS NOT servant leadership or humanistic leadership. So take your role as a leader/manager seriously and get to work helping us solve our problems.

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