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Servant Leadership Style

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Contrasting Styles of Leadership
Last time I indicated I would look at servant leadership. I came across a very powerful little set of points that are certainly worth reflecting on as you evaluate your own leadership style, from Trinity Western University.
Contrasting Styles of Leadership
Self-Serving Leaders Servanthood Leadership
Leaders objective is to be served Leaders objective is to serve
Understood then understand Understand and then understood
Self-image and advancement Focus on team’s potential and success
Treats others as inferior Treats team with respect
Decision-making is centralized Decisions are made with shared inform.
Atmosphere of dependence Atmosphere of empowerment
Rejects criticism – seeks credit Encourages input – shares credit
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wrote “The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware. . . . The Sage is self-effacing and scanty of words. When his task is accomplished and things have been completed, all the people say, ‘We did this ourselves.’” (James Heskett, Why Isn’t Servant Leadership More Prevalent?, 2013.) http://www.forbes.com/sites/hbsworkingknowledge/2013/05/01/why-isnt-servant-leadership-more-prevalent/ Accessed on Dec 15, 2015, at 11:55
The Greek word for Leadership is “diakonia”. Literal translation means “serving at tables.”
With all that background – I can only encourage us to focus on the servanthood importance of our leadership.
My challenge for myself is to read through the Contrasting Styles of Leadership list – and then honestly evaluate my own motives and make sure I am realigned where God wants me to be. Do you accept the challenge to honestly evaluate you motives? Are you willing to focus on the servanthood of you
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