Servant Leadership: The Characteristics Of Servant Leadership

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Many leadership styles exist. The determining factor if a leadership style is effective or not is often how it is carried out and if it is appeasing to those, the leader is attempting to lead. One of the leadership styles that has become popular is Servant leadership. Although Greenleaf developed servant leadership more than thirty-five years ago and he identified ten characteristics that pertain to servant leadership. (book p. 56) Servant leadership has been successful in various industries and its popularity continues to increase. “The GreenLeaf Center for Servant Leadership has identified ten characteristics that are critical in developing a servant leader. (Nursing Leadership Serving Those Who Serve Others p.102).” These characteristics include listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and the building of community…show more content…
I believe that having a since of community with the internal workforce will decrease turnover rates and allow the employees to feel supported by their coworkers and leader. To achieve a internal community can be achieved by treating one’s employees as they would want to be treated. It is often seen that leaders forget their followers are people as well. It is also essential to build the presence in the external community. Making the organization and the leader known in the community “meets the needs of society by building organizations that are built on the fundamental virtues of respect, caring, and quality in the delivery of their service (p.105 Nursing Leadership: Serving Those Who Serve Others).” The three explanations above as well as the other seven characteristics are essential in being a successful servant leader. However, I have chosen healing or empathy as the characteristics that I feel pertains most to the nursing

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