Servant leadership is a basic leadership philosophy where the primary objective of the leader is to genuinely serve the followers. This is quite different from conventional leadership in which the sole purpose of the leader is the survival of the organization or the business. This type of leadership will have a follower who is more concerned with the material comforts of the leaders rather than achieving a vision or an agenda. In this case the leaders need to be able to communicate effectively so that they inspire the people and motivate them to work towards a common cause.
The ten characteristics of servant leadership were developed by Napoleon Hill back in his book called Think and Grow Rich. There are several books out there on the topic and Napoleon Hill’s Ten characteristics are one of the best ones out there. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to become a successful leader and lead others effectively. In the article I will briefly outline these characteristics and discuss how you can apply them to your own leadership style.
One trait of a good servant leadership leader is being someone that people look up to and want to be like. You need to be someone that inspires others to want to be like you, because if you are not then you will find it very difficult to build up an effective team. When you spend time talking to the team members and helping them to understand things better you will become their friend instead of their servant. You need to be a go-to person for guidance and spend time building trust and respect with your team members. If you master these skills then you will find that you are able to have success in your modern workplace.