Breakfast Thoughts about Servant Leadership

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(Antwerp, Belgium) -Today I’m writing from a typical Portuguese cafeteria 🙂 . The theme of the breakfast will be: values we can expect from a servant leader. 
Mainly 4 values or attitudes:

  • Coherence between words and actions
  • Looking for continuous improvement
  • Inspire to create the best version of ourselves
  • Check over time and intelligent questions

Coherence between words and actions

Trust comes with time and consistency of behavior. A servant leader is a trustworthy and consistent person, this is noticeable when his words always coincide with his actions. All members of the team will notice inconsistencies and this leads to a negative perception, distrust and an uncomfortable feeling of expressing an authentic individuality.

Looking for continuous improvement

A servant leader permanently seeks all the opportunities for improvement. He or she assumes weaknesses and failures in the product, within the equipment and with himself in an open and transparent way. Never forget: We are all vulnerable human beings. This trusted vulnerability expressed by the Servant leader gives the necessary comfort within the team to expose his vulnerability.
A team that is not afraid is more transparent, feels more comfortable, keeps more time passionate, motivated, dedicated, loyal to the company, other partners and the product.
Never forget: 75% of the active population leaves their organizations by their bosses and 87% classifies their work more by frustration than by fulfillment.
In a job interview people seldom express those real reasons that fear being judged by the new potential employer as a potential troublemaker or unsatisfied permanent workers.

Servant leaders must inspire to create the best version of ourselves

A servant leader appreciates individuality, provides conditions that allow the team to be exactly as they are.
There is no kind of relationship that rests longer in fear of expressing individuality. This applies to labor and personal relationships.
In my professional career, for several times, I observed a common and fun reaction at any time when a manager is interrogated about his satisfaction team with his leadership style: his body language communicates a little stress or insecurity, the greatest Part thinks that if the team doesn’t complain it’s because they feel satisfied.
And I think to myself, “Are you giving them room and comfort to complain?”
A self-confidence test and the effectiveness of a leader, is observed when he opens the room and provides compliance to all members of the team to give him direct feedback, ensuring that an honest feedback has no consequences at the level Personal.
This must be ensured by the Human resources department in all companies, but unfortunately in most organizations the role of HR is underutilized when we reach management levels.
A servant leader must practice praise and recognition in a regular and genuine way.

Check hypothesis over time and intelligent questions

Making assumptions is normal, it’s part of human nature. But we can’t believe everything we assume.
A servant leader takes time to verify assumptions because this can lead to: distrust, poor communication, and harm relationships.
A servant leader knows the importance of empowerment, allowing his team to solve problems or create solutions in a unique and creative way.
Servant leaders also share findings and results, motivating team members to continue learning. They know that this is the best strategy for creativity and innovation.

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