GLOBAL VISIONARY SERVANT LEADERSHIP

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GLOBAL VISIONARY SERVANT LEADERSHIP's Profile

Servant leadership philosophy takes a different approach to the idea of leadership in comparison to the traditional idea of leadership. Where in traditional leadership the leader is centrally focused on the thriving of his organization or company, servant leadership defines the role of a leader is to serve. Instead of accumulating power, a servant leader shares power and puts the need of his employees/ people as highly as he could. Servant leadership effectively inverts the idea of leadership, where the people aren’t aimed to serve the leader but instead, the leader finds himself duty-bound to serve his people.
When there is a change in the mindset of the leaders towards servant leadership, the leaders themselves grow as well as the organization by increased engagement of the employees. Since the inception of this leadership style, it has been adopted by several top-ranking companies which are flourishing due to the effectiveness of the leadership style. Servant leadership entails practices that are aimed to enrich the lives of the individuals, help in building better organizations and ultimately aimed at creating a world that is more caring and just.
Servant leadership is not about being an errand boy, or just about how much a leader can do for others outside the boundaries of the organization. It is about being a servant to the values of the organization. Servant leadership aims to build a culture based on these values, a culture that embraces diversity which includes the diversity of thoughts and convictions. Servant leadership aims at making everyone on the team clear on the values the organization stands for. According to the Gallup survey, a mere 27% of the company employees believe in their company values, a number that needs to be considerably higher. To expand the idea of servant leadership, there is a need to encourage diversity of thoughts, establish a culture that is based on trust, adopt an altruistic mindset and foster leadership.
Instead of aiming for having a group of like-minded people, diversity needs to be encouraged as it nurtures an environment that people aspire to become a part of. Diversity is not limited to only race, religion, political beliefs, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. Diversity entails the difference of thinking as well. As it has been seen that diverse environments are more inviting and encouraging to others to become a part of such organizations. Diversity is followed by the need for creating a culture of trust.
Leaders can gain trust by being crystal clear about their vision, values, and mission. As global Gallup survey revealed that only 1 out of three employees trust their organization leaders, which asks for a need to be more transparent and clearer for the leaders. Because the leaders aren’t clear about their objectives, no one would be willing to follow them. Adopting transparency enhances trust which directly enhances the performance and overall indulgence of the people.
One of the most important factors necessary for servant leadership is to have an altruistic mindset, knowing that it’s not about the leader. It’s about the people who make everything possible, a great leader helps to facilitate others to succeed. He aims at giving everyone proper value and consider them a crucial part of the organization. In conclusion, a servant leader is honest, transparent and to an extent vulnerable as well. While vulnerability may seem to be a weakness, it helps the leader to build his identity as an approachable human being who honors his values.

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