Serving as a Leader

by  Jonathan Moss  |  Leadership Development

Servant Leadership is one the most effective ways to make a positive impact on your organization and the members within it. We have all heard the saying “Lead By Example,” but Servant Leadership takes leading by example to the next level.

Leadership is about developing, growing and serving others. Servant leaders focus on the needs of others instead of command and control. Servant leadership allows self expression, personal development, a sense of community and ownership. Valuing, respecting and motivating your team is the core of a servant leader.

4 Values of a Servant Leader

When I consider Servant Leadership, four values come to mind:

Self Expression – Allow your team to give their views on how to improve their projects, work and results. Noting the goal may not change, but you are open to their feedback on improvements to make their work better and more efficient.

Personal Development – The only way for your employees to develop is if you invest your time in helping them. Every one has opportunities and a servant leader identifies the opportunity, develops a plan, teaches and coaches to help their team member grow and achieve.

Community – Serving the needs of others will become contagious and your team members will start doing the same. It will bring everyone closer as a team to help work towards a common goal.

Commitment – Once the three pieces are in place the team members will have a sense of ownership and importance to their team and their work. Their ownership will lead to greater commitment and results.

Robin Sharma says, “If you’re in business, you’re in show business. The moment you get to work, you’re on stage. Give us the performance of your life.” As a leader, you are in a fish bowl where everyone is always watching your attitude, performance, and how you react in situations.

Servant Leadership compliments the “Fish Bowl” atmosphere very nicely. It reminds me of the Liberty Mutual commercial where you see a person helping another person, then that person helps someone else, and it becomes a domino effect. Once you create the Servant Leadership culture you will see that in your own team and Peer to Peer Coaching will become subconsciously part of your team’s every day routine.

Are you serving as a leader? What other values come to mind for you as a servant leader?  What can you do differently to serve the individuals you might influence or impact?


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Articles By jonathan-moss
Jonathan is an Innovative & Thought Provoking Leader with experience in multiple Fortune 50 companies. He has dedicated his time to making an impact on others through coaching, mentoring, inspiring & teaching. He has helped others grow their businesses & careers through his strategies. He believes in the Servant Leadership philosophies & has helped build employee centric cultures with award winning results.  »  View Profile

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Mike Manciel  |  16 Sep 2012  |  Reply

Great post. The idea of servant leadership is a lost concept in today’s leadership. I am very mindful of that in my daily life since that idea originated in the Christian ideology of Jesus Christ. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Mike M.

Tricia Lustig  |  17 Sep 2012  |  Reply

I love Servant Leadership and do my very best to practise it in my life and in my work. You might also like to read the book Stewardship by Peter Block, which is related and gives plenty to think about.

Thank you for a short, clear, succinct description of Servant Leadership.

Have a great day


Jonathan Moss  |  17 Sep 2012  |  Reply

Thanks Mike! I agree it is a lost concept in the majority of businesses and other leadership in general!!

Thanks Tricia!! I am glad you enjoyed it! I am with you I try my best to practice every single day to show and teach others, hoping that when they become leaders they will do the same!!

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