Okay…Okay…Okay…calm down. I understand it is confusing. You are probably having the below question, right?
What the hell is servant leaderships?
It is the best form in which you can exercise your leadership. It brings in the best results, you and your team mates are superb happy working with you and you reap the highest reward.
Is this something new?
The concept has been around ages, however most of us don’t practice it. Why? Because it is not the most appealing one.
We all want to become a higher authority, tell people what to do and get lots of praises. This approach is the worst way to become a successful leader.
You need to instead become a servant leader. Let’s start digging it.
How to become servant Leader?
1. Become a leader
Get yourself the skills so people become comfortable with you, share their insights and trusts you with their decision.
Good, complete the above steps and you are now a leader.
The leader who is often the one who guides us in the tough times, keeps us grounded and realistic in times of profit and pushes us when we need them.
2. Understand the team
Now that you have become the leader, it is time to understand the team whom you are leading.
Most of us fall in the trap of being superior and see our team mates with a glazing, rolling and suspicious eyes all the time.
Talk with them, learn their nature and let them share their expectations from you.
Clear any unrealistic expectations, encourage team mates to talk and clear misunderstandings, they should trust you.
3. Take decisions with everyone’s contribution
Being a leader and getting to know your team is the crucial part, taking decisions with everyone’s discussion is what makes you a servant leader.
You need to cater every point thrown by your team mates and address them. You shouldn’t keep in mind your goals and KPI (Key Performance Indicator), you should first serve your buddies.
Once you put them in the center for decision, you would be serving first and then using your leadership skills.
Voila, you have become a servant leader. Now, keep on improving yourself by always taking care of your followers.
Why servant Leaderships is better than just leader?
1. Criticism leads to growth
When you allow your group members to voice their opinion, inputs knowing they will be heard and addressed, they will be frank about their honest opinion.
You will get to know about their first true reaction rather than some “let me make my boss happy by nodding” response.
Ask them WHY they don’t like or like your decision, how can you make it better and the impact they envision.
You can’t make everyone happy by saying YES to everything your followers say. However you can listen and explain if something can work or not with appropriate “sense-making” reason.
2. Team spirit
When you have the team in good spirit, it will take you further in your ventures. If you are expecting everyone to agree with your bossy attitude than everything will fall apart quickly.
Since everyone’s concern is being taken care of, you can be rest assured your team will back you up with honest, critical and helpful comments.You don't create team to follow, you create team to move along. #servant #leadership Click To Tweet
3. You find solutions which everyone loves
Since you are working with everyone in mind, everyone loves you. The idea, decision or change you make is adored by everyone.
Each one of the team members have contributed, felt like their presence and voice was taken in consideration and they are important.
It is the best part of being a servant leader, you make decisions centered around your fellow members, clients or the followers. You don’t lead selfishly.
Key Points to Remember
1. Understand servant needs
Whenever you are being asked to be a leader of a team, survey them casually about their needs.
Solve, help or provide them with their needs to make them an active and happy community. They will look forward to you as a leader with all your thoughts.Make your each team member a core part and enjoy leadership success effortlessly. Click To Tweet
2. Understand leader’s responsibility
Yes, you are oriented to service, however being a leader demands you to not flow with emotions.
Sometimes you need to say NO to some team members. To make everyone happy, don’t make an OKAY decision.
Instead point out the reasons about your decision, even if it makes some unhappy. And make an AWESOME decision.
The idea is to take everyone’s input in consideration and implement ideas to benefits others first.
You should not compromise to make each one happy, focus on getting everyone involved and making everyone feel proud for their contribution.
3. Find a balance
This is in complement with point number two. You should find a balance between being a servant and leader. You should lie somewhere in between.
With your sincere efforts you will find your balance and become the most needed, admired and trustworthy leader.
You just have to believe yourself.
Servant Leaderships is your path to grow as a leader, become a top performer and outlast other leaders.
With the road map I laid down for you, it should be easy to follow and practice to become the best leader one can ever be.
What are other points to keep in mind for being a servant leader?