servant leadership

We seem to have struck a chord with our Go Giver philosophy from last week’s blog, which really says a lot about the wonderful culture we’ve built here at C3Workplace! I believe that being part of a community with similar values is a productivity boost AND allows for greater creative flow, not to mention endless inspiration.

The people we surround ourselves with contribute greatly to our success.  This is where Servant Leadership* comes in (similar to Level 5 Leadership). Wikipedia defines servant leadership as:  both a leadership philosophy and set of leadership practices. Traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid.” By comparison, the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.

I define servant leadership as: a solid business growth strategy (that feels really good).  It’s how you create a culture where: people want to come to work, clients help spread the word about your business, and where positive leads to more positive.  Being a servant leader has served me and my organization well (pun intended).

Maintaining that culture comes down to your actions as a leader. How have you positioned yourself in the community? Three points I’ve discussed before come from my Top 20 tips are part of servant leadership:

  • Treat people like you want to be treated (again, I really hope that speaks for itself)
  • Lead by example (sometimes you need to jump back into those trenches!)
  • Be a person of your word (integrity and trust truly make the business world go round)

Allowing yourself to share power, highlighting others’ strengths, and making sure everyone is employing their skills, (or, putting people “in the right seats,” as Jim Collins says in Good to Great) does wonders for productivity. While enriching your business, you’re simultaneously enriching the lives of your workers.  I speak from experience when I say that it strengthens you as both a person and a leader. Much as the old adage says, be the change you wish to see in the world, you must also be the person you wish to see in others.

Stay tuned ….

*I want to credit Jeff Harmon for introducing me to the concept to Servant Leadership – check out his book:  Brilliance Within Coaching

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