Changing the Military with Servant Leadership

analytical Essay
2608 words
2608 words

There are a number of significant difficulties for today’s military - the Global War on Terrorism or what has recently been termed the “Long War;” weapon system acquisitions and personnel draw downs. The focus of this paper is on one strategic component of the military quest—Leadership. More specifically, it will center on servant leadership and its impact on the military’s vision. This paper first explores the significance of the leadership change, followed by an examination of three notable characteristics of servant leadership and their historical influence through the eyes of a famous leader. Whether one studies Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”, Martin Luther King Jr.’s extraordinary passion for equality, or even Vince Lombardi’s coaching genius, one can easily find models for inspirational leadership and strategies for success. Inspirational leadership conveyed through motivational speakers boosts the passion of its audience because it taps into emotions. So what is it that draws people to a leader? Is it charisma, passion, kindness, or fairness? Is it the ability to cast a vision that the entire organization can understand and support? Next, this paper will look at servant leadership and its comparison to the terms leadership and management. Members of the military all swear an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Whether they knew it or not, by swearing that oath, they accepted the responsibility to lead our subordinates. Speaking from experience, I worked for many highly qualified managers over the 24 years I spent in the Navy, but only a few life-changing, organization-transforming leaders. Running from meeting to meeting and desperately trying to stay ahe... ... middle of paper ... ...ber 25th, 2010 from Leadership. Webster's revised unabridged dictionary. MICRA, Inc. Retrieved November 25th, 2010 from Management. (2008). Websters Online Dictionary. Retrieved November 25th, 2010 from Responsibility. Webster's revised unabridged dictionary. MICRA, Inc. Retrieved November 25th, 2010 from Spears, L.C., and Lawrence, M. (2002). Focus on leadership: Servant leadership for the twenty-first century. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2010). We were soldiers. Retrieved from The Internet Movie Database on November 25th, 2010 from

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that foresight is useful at all levels within the military structure, from a young recruit to senior flag officer.
  • Explains that leadership and management are drastically different. one manages a supply program, but it takes leaders to lead their soldiers, sailors, airmen, and/or marines into battle.
  • Analyzes how leadership is defined by webster's online dictionary as "uniting followers to a shared vision that offers true value, integrity, and trust to transform and improve the organization and/or society."
  • Defines management as the art or science of directing, conducting, and administering the work of others to achieve defined objectives. these management traits are important to any company and the military, but they are significantly different from leadership.
  • Explains that mentoring and coaching provide a passageway to success. servant leadership calls upon leaders to coach and mentor their subordinates to ensure everyone succeeds.
  • Explains that there are many military great leaders throughout history like genghis khan, alexander the great and napoleon bonaparte, but they are far from what we would consider servant leaders. mohandas gandhi and dr. martin luther king jr.
  • Analyzes dr. martin luther king jr.'s march and "i have a dream" speech, which led many to remember his life work. he empowered people with important information and promoted cooperation among those who worked for him.
  • Explains that servant leadership gives others the power to lead. it makes an organization stronger by strengthening the people within it.
  • Explains that leaders are molded and grown. they have the power to influence success of the people they lead. servant leadership permits you to build a organization that produces better results.
  • Analyzes how the military cares about the well-being of its members and their families. most military leaders speak out of both sides of their mouths with high operational tempo and the responsibility to do more with less.
  • Explains greenleaf, r. k., the servant leader within: a transformative path.
  • Analyzes the importance of leadership and its impact on the military's vision.
  • Opines that military leaders need to create an environment in which people are supported and encouraged to grow and develop as leaders.
  • Explains how servant leaders build communities by showing their willingness to care for the personal and professional growth of their peers and subordinates. to understand servant leadership, one must first understand the difference between the traditional definitions of leadership and management
  • Explains that mentoring is a method leaders use to strengthen and shape those who are entrusted to their care. it involves teaching, counseling, and advising.
  • Explains that servant leadership combines mentoring, coaching, management, and leadership. it raises everyone in the organization to new heights and elevates the entire organization.
  • Explains that commitment to the growth of people is an important characteristic of a servant leader. by growing servant leaders in your organization, you will increase productivity, multiply the organization’s efforts.
  • Opines that the military needs to build future servant leaders. mentoring and coaching are methods that can improve servant leadership across the organization.
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