Servant leadership is a very popular topic in management training these days. Robert Greenleaf coined the term 35 years ago, but the concept is still vital and empowering. Granted, “servant” doesn’t sound nearly as powerful as “boss,” but it has the potential to deliver far more of what most of us are really after: influence. The reason is simple. When you have a servant mentality, it’s not about you.
Removing self-interest and personal glory from your motivation on the job is the single most important thing you can do to inspire trust.
When you focus first on the success of your organization and your team, it comes through clearly. Alejandro Tornato talks with us about what you need to do be a Servant Leader. It’s simple really:
- Ask more questions
- Listen more carefully
- Actively value others’ needs and contributions