Service, Not Status

Service, Not Status

April 3, 2024

 

Generally, when people talk about leaders, they are referring to people with a particular status or position. We have a different perspective.

Leadership is about service, not status. It’s not about the position you hold, but about the movement you create. Not about how important you are, but how influential you are in moving your team toward the goal.

The role of the leader is to help the team move toward the goal. This means that you can lead from anywhere in the organization. Direction most often comes from the top, but leadership can come from any level.

Servant leadership creates a work environment that makes employees at all levels feel respected, appreciated, and valued. Businesses that follow a servant leadership philosophy tend to have strong work cultures with high employee morale and engagement.

If you want to be a servant leader, do these things.

 

Lead by Example, Not by Edict

Servant leaders show their team what to do, rather than just telling them. As a servant leader, you should be willing to do any task you expect your employees to perform. By demonstrating your willingness to match their effort, you motivate your team to engage in the work and contribute to the group effort.

 

Show People They Matter

Effective servant leaders care about their co-workers as people first and workers second. They understand that when their team feels happy and fulfilled in their personal lives, it contributes to success in their professional lives.

Servant leaders value others’ perspectives and approach situations with an open mind. Because of this, they prioritize showing team members they care about them and are willing to help with personal issues when they can. People who know that their well-being is important tend to be more committed to the organization than those who think that they are just cogs in the wheel.

 

Demonstrate That All Work is Important

When team members know that what they do is essential for meeting the goal, they feel significant and will work hard to contribute to the team’s achievements. Encouraging collaboration and cooperation motivates team members to be reliable, consistent, and committed to quality work.

 

Listen More Than You Speak

Effective servant leaders listen to what their team has to say. They make certain that all members are heard, listen carefully to what is being said, and make certain that all points of view are represented and understood.

They give others their full attention, notice coworkers’ nonverbal cues, avoid interrupting them when speaking, and give constructive feedback.

 

Maintain a Growth Mindset

Finally, servant leaders should always be working to improve their own leadership and contribute to their team. Encourage your team members to provide feedback when they have an idea to improve workflow or help the company succeed. Try to encourage your team members to make suggestions and explore options, rather than being stuck in the way things have always been.

 

We encourage our clients to embrace the spirit of servant leadership. When they do, they discover that they benefit as much as their organizations do.

You are already a leader. Are you ready to serve?

 

Blessings,

Chris Ann Williams, CEO