Servant leadership is something I’ve written about before. Those who practice this type of leadership know how unique it is – you’re gaining trust and loyalty by investing in the personal and professional well-being of your employees, not through force.
Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership from the Core, has great insights on practicing servant leadership. He was recently asked about the “secret” to great management. His response: “It’s the ability to serve the needs of others before your own.”
Further elaborating on this advice, Schwantes provides six ways that leaders can practice servant leadership.
- Give people freedom and autonomy. Many careers today are very specialized. Schwantes encourages leaders to “get out of the way” and let knowledgeable workers do their thing.
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