An Analysis Of Servant Leadership Style

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An Analysis of Servant Leadership Business leaders operate in complex environments. Driving organizational effectiveness in the short term while leading the company towards the long-term strategy requires continual evaluation of short-term decisions against potential tradeoffs against the long-term strategy. While the top organizational decision makers typically decide long-term strategy; implementation of the strategy occurs throughout the entire organization (Rush, 2012). Given this, ensuring clear understanding of the strategy for everyone in the company, allowing them to make day-to-day decisions in context of the long view helps move the company forward. Due to the complexities within business environments, and the multitude of stakeholder considerations required to create a balanced and ethical company strategy, companies are increasingly relying on cross-functional teams to create company strategy (Rush, 2012). The servant leadership style shares power with followers, and is based on teamwork (Harper, 2012). This paper provides an overview of the servant leadership style, how servant leadership impacts organizational effectiveness, in what organizational contexts this style is appropriate, and how servant leadership can both increase and deter from organizational effectiveness. Servant leadership rests on the assumption that the leader is servant first. Coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1970, the servant leader “focuses on the growth and well-being of people and
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