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A Secret to Becoming a Stronger Manager

Wednesday, August 5, 2009  at 12:20 PM
Become a manager who inspires, influences, and motivates. If you are a manager and don’t know about servant-leadership, you should. Servant-leadership is a practical philosophy that supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and the institutions they serve. Servant-leaders may or may not hold formal leadership positions. Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment. Robert Greenleaf, the man who coined the phrase, described servant-leadership in this way.

“The servant-leader is servant first. . . The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-- first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or at least, will they not be further deprived?”

Taken from Servant As Leader, published by
Robert Greenleaf in 1970.

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