“How can I be a better leader? How can I motivate and engage people?” are the top questions my executive coaching clients ask me.
Well, go to your local bookshop or your favorite online store and you find thousands of answers to these questions (“leadership” as a keyword in books on amazon.com just got me 191,933 results…)
You can read all these books and you still won’t become a better leader, unless you find how YOU can be the best leader you can be. You are unique. Copying someone else will not get you anywhere.
However, below is an excellent list of traits and behaviors from Servant Leadership to consider!
- How can you apply this to your own leadership development?
- Taking one step at a time, what should you focus on right now?
1. Listening ... is a crucial yet frequently absent trait in leaders who are self-oriented…. 2. Empathy Empathy is really an extension of listening… 3. Healing ...leaders recognize the opportunity to help make whole those with whom they come in contact… 4. Awareness Servant leaders have a strong sense of what is going on around them… 5. Persuasion Servant leaders don't take advantage of their power and status by coercing compliance… 6. Conceptualization This is the ability to look at a problem by thinking beyond the day-to-day realities… 7. Foresight is the ability to foresee the likely outcome of a situation… 8. Stewardship ...not just serving the needs of others but also of the organization and its mission as a whole… 9. Commitment to the Growth of People Pretty self-explanatory… 10. Building Community Servant leaders are compassionate collaborators…