‘Servant Leadership’ term was first coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1970. Servant Leaders are egalitarians who possess a serve-first mindset – who put the needs of their team members ‘first’ and lead by serving them. They are not authoritative and transactional, instead servant leaders engage their members in respectful conversations, listen intently, empathize with them, develop trust, use openness, persuasion and empower them.
Servant leaders take responsibility for their team members roles, actions and performance, & use humble inquiry/powerful questioning techniques to unlock their members potential and capabilities. They are committed to the growth and development of every member and continuously strive to build better communities.
“The Art of Servant Leadership” – http://bit.ly/2JmXJhh – explicates the core characteristics and abilities of Servant Leaders & the best practices that organizational leaders and companies can adopt.
Agile PeopleOps Framework (APF) encourages and coaches organizations and their leaders to practice servant leadership as it helps break traditional barriers of authority, fear, command-and-control, and distrust. When leaders practice servant leadership behaviors with their team, members are encouraged to model these behaviors, thus creating a virtuous cycle of future servant leaders.
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