Leadership Essay

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Servant leadership: the way forward Business has changed and the people working in organisations have perhaps changed even more. That means that the style of management and leadership also has to change to keep up with the times. Employees are no longer content with the traditional style of command and control. They want flexibility, they need to have a say in the future of the organisation, they want to have the freedom to experiment, be creative, be innovative and, in the process, be allowed to make mistakes without being penalised for them. They want to be co-creators of the organisation’s future. Leaders need to be aware of these changes and respond accordingly. The best way to do this is to become a servant leader. This does not mean abdicating responsibility or becoming less of a leaders. It does, however, mean that leaders have to have humility; that they don’t think less of themselves, but less about themselves. That they don’t deny their power, but that they recognise that they are merely the conduit through which the power passes. Servant leadership also means that leaders think more about their customers, their people and to develop the right kind of leadership throughout the organisation. This type of leader obviously serve – like Nelson Mandela said in his now famous inauguration speech: “I’m not here to lead, I’m here to serve.” However, being a servant leader starts with creating the right vision of the future – the leader setting his or her sights on the right target. Then serving that vision by building relations with all stakeholders to jointly achieve their goal. It often means “turning the pyramid upside down,” to use the analogy of Ken Blanchard, enabling those who serve customers to be at the top and the leader at the bottom, facilitating the process of making the business a success. People often have misconceptions about servant leadership. It
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