5 Key Principles of Servant Leadership

July 19, 2013

“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.”
Dale Carnegie

Business here in the Northwest is managed by a wide variety of leadership. But the most success comes from the effectiveness of Servant Leadership. When Robert K. Greenleaf wrote the book The Servant as Leader over 40 years ago, this unique style of leadership was picking up in popularity.

Dale Carnegie, a servant leader well before the term was used by management theorists, discussed for years that is takes a willingness to serve to create great and sustained leadership.

Here are five principles of Servant Leadership that can help make a leader more successful:

  • Being the example: People follow those who lead and manage by example. Enthusiasm comes from employees who believe in team and commitment.
  • Supporting others:  The act of giving everything for the betterment of the organization is truly a selfless process that creates success potential.  If the leader cares for others, good things happen.
  • Honesty, trust and responsibility: These three ingredients make for excellence, support an organization’s goals and objectives, and make for teambuilding.
  • Servitude: The foundation for leadership is only successful if the methodology for serving  people exists. Praising people for good works, and appreciating others, are classic Dale Carnegie principles.
  • The willingness to serve before leading: At the heart of servant leadership is this key difference in managing others. Leading to opportunity happens when there is the clear and outspoken focus of help and support.

Just as participative or autocratic leadership exists in business, so does servant- driven leadership. This unique commitment to growth is the best success strategy. Getting it done the right way just makes sense for employee engagement.


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