Servant Leadership is not an Oxymoron
Leadership is not Managing. Servant Leadership means inspiring and motivating your team. Servant Leadership is not an Oxymoron, but you might be. I understand manager’s struggle with performance issues. They say things like;
- I wish I could trust my employees to get their job done.
- Why do I have to hold their hand the whole time?
- Why can’t they treat this company like it’s their own?
- I don’t have time to babysit every employee.
The fact of the matter is you don’t trust them. They don’t trust you. You don’t hold their hand, so they won’t hold yours. It’s not their company, so they will never treat it like it’s their own. You don’t have time for them, so it stands to reason, they don’t have time for you.
It’s time to look at leadership in a different light. Servant Leadership is, in my experience the greatest opportunity to improve not only your employee relationships, but your bottom line as well. Servant Leadership may sound like an Oxymoron, but it’s not. Wikipedia defines an Oxymoron as; “A figure of speech that juxtaposes apparently contradictory elements. When you practice Servant Leadership, you will discover that these two words do go hand in hand clearly. Serve your employees first. You will then benefit from improved morale, increased productivity, excellent customer service and of course an improved bottom line.
If you have caught yourself saying or thinking like the aforementioned “manager” I invite you to explore opportunities to learn more about Servant Leadership. You can start by reading “The Servant as Leader” an essay by Robert Greenleaf, published in 1970. He is the first to coin the phrase “Servant Leader”. The message is timeless and the application of these principles can help you overcome the obstacles that keep you and your team in a vicious circle with no end in sight.
Of course you can contact me to schedule a complimentary Team Assessment and discover where you and your team’s strengths and weaknesses lay and begin to make improvements right away!
It’s your business, where do you want to go?