servant leadership models

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Servant leadership requires a divine understanding of self, the task at hand, and the environment. A servant leader is someone who is a servant first, and wants to contribute to the well-being of people in the community. A servant leader looks to the needs of the community and asks them how they assist with solving problems and promoting personal development. Servant leaders place their main focus on people, because only happy, driven people are able to reach their goals and fulfill their expectations. Greenleaf and Spears both believe that servant leaders are those who think of others first and do what they think will better the community. “The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The best test is: do those served grow as persons: do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or, at least, not be further deprived?” (Greenleaf, 1977/2002, p. 27). Servant leaders do not expect anything in return when helping others. They just want to help out of the goodness of their hearts. Spears came up with ten characteristics of a servant leader after carefully reading and reviewing Greenleaf’s writings. These ten characteristics are listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building of the community. Obviously ever good leader needs to be a good active listener. Then it is really important for everyone especially servant leaders to be empathetic of others; understand their uniqueness and where... ... middle of paper ... ...rk to make a difference in the lives of others. They want to make an impact somewhere and hope to help others grow and become successful. Not all people act as servant leaders but most of us all have the characteristics within to become a true servant leader. Reference Page: Spears, L. (2010). Character and servant leadership: Ten characteristics of effective, caring leaders. 1(1), 25-30. Retrieved from https://uswonline.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/pid-144713-dt-content-rid-247948_1/courses/USW_4413_Spring-B-14_LEC_Section_22/Spears_Ten Characteristics(1).pdf Reference Page: Spears, L. (2010). Character and servant leadership: Ten characteristics of effective, caring leaders. 1(1), 25-30. Retrieved from https://uswonline.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/pid-144713-dt-content-rid-247948_1/courses/USW_4413_Spring-B-14_LEC_Section_22/Spears_Ten Characteristics(1).pdf
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