Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant...
My dear, dear punker Laurie Ruettimann (who I love) recently had a post and thread on servant leadership over at Punk Rock HR in which she, and many others, portrayed it as a weak, soft and touchy-feely sort leadership that really wasn't wanted or needed in businesses that need to get results, drive revenue or be successful. She says:
Here’s my message to anyone who calls himself a servant leader.
- You want to demonstrate empathy, bring out the best in people, and facilitate personal growth? Go home and spend some time with your kids.
I don’t need that kind of emotional baggage at work, yo.
The detractors of servant leadership preferred someone who only cared about results and didn't try to "serve" them in any way shape or form. Too "nanny state"! Servant leaders nurture bad employees and keep them around too long others said. Oh, read the comments on that thread and you will see it all.
The word SERVE and SERVANT are automatically associated with indecisiveness, weakness, subordinate and a bunch of other terms. When the term SERVANT, and by extension the auto-associated terms, are combined with a power word like LEADER or LEADERSHIP it seems to be a paradox and people's brains malfunction trying to make sense of it. Instead they just "got to guns" and start hammering away at what some might call the "softer" aspects of servant leadership while ignoring the essence of strength imbedded in the execution of servant leadership. True servant leaders are, in fact and by definition, strong, decisive and results oriented. At heart, the individual is a servant first, making the conscious decision to lead in order to better serve others, not to increase their own power.