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This is a model custom essay writing on servant leadership

This is a model custom essay writing on Servant Leadership

Many would agree to the statement, “to lead is to serve”. It was well said by Rabindranath Tagore, that serving is synonymous with enjoying. To put it in other words, serving is the best means of creating a channel of compatibility with another person. Serving the person is the best way to gain trust from him and thus lead him. This very idea has led to the concept of Servant Leadership.

The concept of servant leadership finds its origin in the Bible. The Bible says that the servant leaders first anchor themselves in service to God and stand ready to serve and lead others. It is the desire to enrich and enhance the lives of those being led through unselfish servanthood. It stands against the styles like, authoritarian, top-down, and command and control styles of leadership.

Servant leadership demands those qualities in a leader that are absent in most of the other styles of leadership. Listening forms one of the most crucial tenets of servant leader. To actively listen is to convey, with body, face, eyes, posture, gestures, that one is really interested in hearing what someone is saying. Research has shown that many people when engaged in dialog, listen inattentively to others and spend time in rehearsing what they wish to say. Such a tendency defeats the purpose of being a servant leader.

The servant leader must be able to put himself in the follower’s shoes; be empathetic towards the followers. Empathy is a key trait of servant leaders. Without empathy, one can’t build trust. And without trust, one will never be able to get the best effort from his employees. Empathy can be shown by persuasion. The leader who influences by persuasion need not tell the follower what to do. The leader acknowledges his dependency on the follower. Although a manager may have the authority to carry out certain actions without consulting subordinates, it is probably more effective to include them as it gives them the opportunity to express their opinions. By actively soliciting agreement a leader makes a strong appeal to the follower’s esteem.

One of the key elements of the servant leaders is thinking beyond day-to-day realities and communicating the same to the followers. This demands expertise to conceptualize and communicate the problems to the followers effectively.

The five C’s of effective communication:

  • Collect
  • Comprehend
  • Categorize
  • Convey
  • Convince

Every leader must specialize in the process of communication. The first task is to collect the information that is to be communicated. Here the leader should avoid the redundancy and the obsolete factors that dampen the crisp in communication.

After collecting the appropriate data, he needs to comprehend the same. This needs understanding the finesse of the issue/data in order to communicate the same to the members effectively. The leader should understand the fact that level at which he delivers the message may not be same at which the employers receive it. With the changing times, there is a need for change in leadership style as well. Corporate and the social organizations have realized the importance of servant leadership and it is proving to be a successful style of leadership.

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So what is it about your boss, the people you are taking advice from, or your mentors that you may not know. This is a very interesting topic regarding success because we all view success through our own set of goggles but there are some commonalities between the people that succeed and the ones that fail. You may not know this but the people you are listening to may have no clue what they really are doing, or if they do they may not be teaching it correctly because what they are doing and what they are teaching may be two completely different things. In this article I will outline how to identify the winners from the losers with one basic technique.

So lets first identify a few reasons why we listen to some people. First they may be our supervisor or boss. Second, they may have written a book, or third they may have more money than you and seem like an authority on the subject.

The first one is probably the easiest to identify and perhaps the hardest to overcome because our bosses opinion of us keeps us employed. Your boss like any one of us at a point in their lives got to his position for standing out from among the crowd. But if that’s the case is he progressing in his career, someone that’s been in their position for a period of years and has been passed over for advancement may not be the best source of information or subject to emulate because it is obvious he has stopped his advancement. In other words he doesn’t know what it takes to get ahead and because he did it once does not mean he will do it again.  This is a key when deciding to listen to your boss, it may cost you your job but do you think hes going to help you get ahead of him, unlikely if hes in the position hes in, unless hes the nicest schmuck in the world.

Authors are another big category that we all fall into, how would we learn other than through apprenticeship or direct observation if it weren’t for books. We all seem to respect authors whether we agree with what they are putting on paper or not.  But have you ever considered that what your reading may by complete rubbish?  Just because someone has the ability to put ink to paper or type to text that they many have absolutely have no idea what their talking about. Or perhaps your favorite author may not have even written your favorite book. They may not even know what’s in the book because a ghost writer wrote it. Do you want to listen to an author that has to use some other persons name to get their ink across to readers?  Consider this carefully, is your source correct, are you getting the real deal or just some inferior copy with information that only sounds good?

The last one is about money. Now if your already listening to someone who has more money than you should consider yourself lucky if he’s so rich that he can buy his own country, he may just tell you how to do the same. If your goal is money you have to know if the person you are giving your attention came by it by chance, or actually earned it. Some people know how to earn money, some people have money but they earned it through means of singing, preforming, or inheritance and may have no business sense, and perhaps later may develop one. But if you can’t sing, or dance, or have any wealthy family members it’s likely you need to find the right mentor.  You need to know who to emulate, and you know who to emulate if that person has what you want. Know how much money you want to make and the way you want to make it and find a person that is doing it, then do what they are doing.

Now just because you find yourself a good teacher, who has what you want, and is willing to teach you or has material that you can use does not guarantee your success, you still have to do the action steps.  You should emulate your boss only if you want to be like him. You should consider that the author you are taking advice from may not have written the book or may not have any real applicable knowledge. And if the person who has money whom you are listening to is giving you advice make sure they earned it the way you want to earn money.  The technique outlined here is very simple. Find mentors that have what you want and do what they do, if you are chasing something that you want and are not getting git your obviously doing something wrong and need to rethink your strategy and perhaps even your dreams.

We have all encountered toxic leaders and they exist in all walks of life from the business world, the military, government departs and even some entrepreneurs

We have all encountered toxic leaders and they exist in all walks of life from the business world, the military, government departs and even some entrepreneurs. Toxic leaders are those individuals who because of their destructive behaviours and personal dysfunctional qualities inflict serious harm on the people they lead and their organizations.

There are many psychological theories which try to explain why some leaders become toxic. However, what really matters to most of us is not the reason why people become toxic but how to handle them more effectively. It has been suggested that we all need authority figures and people who we feel will create good conditions for our survival. However many toxic leaders hide behind grand illusions and noble visions promising a great deal but often delivering little. We can become deluded into thinking that they are strong leaders when in fact they are often narcissistic and ineffective in the leadership role.

So just how do you deal with a toxic leader to minimize the impact they have on you, your colleagues and the organization in which you operate?

Firstly find out if the toxic leader who is causing you concern has a history of unacceptable behaviour. When did they operate before coming to your organization? Can you talk with any individuals who have worked with them in the past? If you can build a history of the toxic leader’ share it with your colleagues and those who are affected most by the unacceptable behaviour.

Secondly form a group of those individuals most affected by the toxic leader to avoid you personally becoming a victim on your own if all develops in the wrong direction. Avoid solo confrontations without witnesses as you don’t want to shift from being the ‘rescuer’ to the ‘victim’ in the situation. Get the group to offer to work with the leader to try to sort out the problems she or he is causing. As with most human situations, reconcillation is more beneficial than ongoing conflict.

Thirdly if the group approach does not work create a strategy for undermining and ousting the leader. Although this can be a tough moral and political decision it is a necessary course of action in many circumstances. Your strategy should be plausible based on Aristotle’s ethos, logos and pathos approach. You, your group and your strategy need to be credible and believable. Focus on the impact of the toxic leader’s behaviour rather than her or his personal traits. You need to ensure that your arguments are logical and are presented in a way which is emotionally intelligent rather than out of control emotionally. This is the ‘pathos’ issue.

Fourthy insist on all managers including the toxic leader undergoing a 360 degree assessment exercise where each individual is assessed by their peers, the person to whom they report and by those people who report to them. A consistent picture will tend to emerge with the consistently toxic leader and this can be to your real advantage.
Number five is that you always have the right to leave the organization and the toxic leader making it clear why you are so doing. Whilst this may seem a drastic move it is often for the better particularly if working alongside the toxic leader is causing you stress and eroding your quality of work life. It may well be that the time is right for you to move on from that organization and do what many disillusioned executives are doing and starting their own business. You can then say ‘goodbye’ to your toxic leader and start afresh on a new career.

Leadership is quite simply “the greatest thing in every operation that makes any demand on the labour of man”

Leadership is quite simply “the greatest thing in every operation that makes any demand on the labour of man”. If leaders are made in the sense that they can acquire the authority of knowledge, are they born as far as his capacity to inspire is concerned? It is tempting to conclude that this is the case. The ability to give people the intellectual and moral strength to venture or persevere in the presence of danger, fear or difficulty is not the common endowment of all men and women. I believe that at least the basic principles of it could be acquired through education.

Leadership is done from in front. Never ask others to do what you, if challenged, would not be willing to do yourself.

A leader must be technically and professionally competent in his or her field. You must know your business. This is the main necessary condition for winning respect and trust. It applies to women as well as to men.

A leader shares fully in the risks, hardships and dangers of the army or workforce. “Many have often seen him lying on the ground wrapped only in a military clock amid the sentries and outposts of his soldiers”.

A leader inspires others by encouraging them in times of difficulty or challenge, expressing confidence in them and in their ability to surmount the hurdles before them. You can lift people’s spirits with a word of encouragement and support.

A leader reminds people of why they are working and striving – for self, family and comrades certainly, but for that which transcend self.

A leader has to be firm and just in maintaining necessary order. Without certain toughness in this regard you will not will the respect of the group as a whole.

A leader should show humanity, a basic empathy with people. Rejoice with others when any good befalls them, and sympathize when ills overtake them, as they can us all. Give practical help to individual team members in any kind of need where you can do so.

Above all, a leader is there – at the right time and place. Never underestimate the positive influence that your very presence can expert in a situation.

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