Characteristics Of A Servant Leader

1028 WordsAug 25, 20155 Pages
Servant Leadership Within a person there are two roads. One road drives you down the path of being a leader, and the other of being a follower. Along the way those two roads merge, and we find our servant leaders at the very back end of traffic. People are no different than a motorized vehicle. People will, for the sake of analogy, run out of gas, get a flat tire, and have mechanical problems that slow them down. The purpose for servant leaders standing behind their people is to be an employee’s very own personal roadside assistance. Characteristics of a Servant Leader Tact Merriam-Webster (2015) defines tact as the “ability to do or say things without offending or upsetting other people,” (Online Dictionary, para. 1). An example is…show more content…
Emotional balance and control Ying and yang, hot and cold, fire and water somewhere among all things is the perfect equilibrium. Human beings have a wide spectrum of emotions, and each individual has a unique equilibrium in which they thrive. For this author, having self- expectation and a little bit of stress is her best emotional state but too much stress and too many expectations turns into emotional havoc. Having balance and control reflects on how well rounded and mature a person is. Have you ever met an immature adult and thought, “they have great self-control”? In this author’s opinion control and balance comes with experience and maturity. Great leaders follow their instincts and reflect from their experiences, they know when to show their emotions, and their poise is outstanding. Commitment Committed leaders use their skills to remain focused long after their obligations have dissolved. In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Maxwell (2007) states, “everything rises and falls on leadership”, (p. 267). The principle behind commitment boils down to basic human need. Would a child depend on a parent that wasn’t committed to them? Yes, until that child outgrows the dependence and turns to outside sources for their needs. Without commitment, eventually, people will stray and lose their faith and trust in the leader. Commitment is the glue on a large puzzle; it finalizes a masterpiece. Servant Leadership in
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