Leadership Stances : Transformational And Servant Leadership

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LEADING THROUGH CRISIS

It has been said time and time again that “everyone is either going into, coming out of, or in the midst of a crisis.” There are certain crises that can be expected, while there are those that come as a surprise. Times of crisis demand that one step up to lead. Those who desire to be ready to step up to the plate during such a time will benefit by being prepared for crises, as well as maximizing any and all resources available to them (Echols, 132). What can leaders do to be better prepared to face a crisis when it comes, and they will come? Before the discussion continues one must understand that there are two leadership stances: transformational and servant leadership. Steve Echols notes, “The ultimate purpose of servant leadership is not only to serve but also to see transformation” (134). When one operates from both of these stances, “transformational leadership results in service, while servant leadership results in transformation” (135). These stances provide the foundation from which a leader utilizes competencies, of which there are seven: spiritual, assuring, visionary, decisive, emphatic, empowering, and creative. The context of the leader will determine what competency will be employed. According to Echols, “Stylistic competency a leader employs should emerge from intimate knowledge of the followers as well as insight about the prevailing situation (133). This paper will provide a strategy that will apply several concepts form
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