Would you say your leadership style is more traditional or more servant in nature?
According to an article in Forbes magazine (Tait 3/11/2020), traditional leadership encourages employees to do their jobs by providing them with direction, guidance, and motivation. The main focus of traditional leadership is to improve the business position of the company.
Whereas, servant leadership, happens when the leader's primary goal is to provide service to their people. The servant leader focuses on the people under their charge, rather than the company as a whole.
Which leadership style is more effective?
According to an article in Entrepreneur magazine (Sun 4/25/2022), servant leadership is crucial to the long-term growth of a company. This type of leadership builds loyalty and trust between the leader and the team.
When leaders effectively serve their teams, performance improves. because employees feel appreciated, heard, and respected. This results in employees performing better.
Practicing servant leadership also helps keep teams more engaged and focused on the mission, which improves staff morale and boosts employee retention.
By practicing servant leadership and putting your people first, you are setting your company up for sustained growth and a workplace where employees want to be.
Watch the attached video to hear the story of a servant to a King, who learned the hard lesson of just how rewarding it is to do for others instead of having things done for him.
Also, please leave me a comment below with your thoughts on which leadership style is more beneficial: traditional or servant, and why you believe that style is best.
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