Servant Leadership Takes Practice
I’m Mabel Kong with an editorial that’s less than two minutes long.
I find it ironic that many of today’s leaders boast of being available for their hard workers, but when their employees ask for help all that’s given are orders from a benevolent dictator.
A true servant leader will listen, guide, and empower their staff. Some of the best company officers will roll up their sleeves and work side by side as a fellow associate and usher a better understanding of the task.
I’m not a big sports fan, but I can clearly see a winning team based upon a coach’s management style. Authoritative coaches pace up and down the sidelines, yell out commands, and make every decision for both the offense and defense. Players frantically obey orders and hope for praise that never comes.
In stark contrast, the servant leader coach is calm and only provides instructions during pivotal decisions. That’s because she has created culture of empowerment. Her entire team, from assistant coaches to players, know exactly what to do and everyone’s level of play is elevated. In short, they frequently win the game.
Servant Leadership takes practice, like yoga or playing the piano, the more you practice the more natural it will become. When you take your time to become a true servant leader, whether as a coach, manager, director or president of a company, your career will span several decades.