I just finished reading The Case for Servant Leadership by Kent Keith for my M.A in Global Leadership class. I enjoyed the chapter on key practices of Servant-Leaders. He lists self-awareness, listening, changing the power pyramid, developing people, coaching-not controlling, unleashing the energy and intelligence of others (empowerment) and foresight.
In the section on coaching-not controlling, Keith references work by James Autry, who wrote the book, The Servant-Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale, and Improve the Bottom-Line Performance. Here are six things Autry believes about leadership.
1. Leadership is not about controlling people; it’s about caring for people and being a useful resource for people.
2. Leadership is not about being boss; it’s about being present for people and building a community at work.
3. Leadership is not about holding on to territory; it’s about letting go of ego, bringing your spirit to work, being your best and most authentic self.
4. Leadership is less concerned with pep talks and more concerned with creating a place in which people can do good work, can find meaning in their work, and can bring their spirits to work.
5. Leadership, like life, is largely a matter of paying attention.
6. Leadership requires love.
What do you believe about leadership? Do you agree with Autry? What do you like about his list?
Other related posts you may enjoy reading:
Autry, J. (2001). The Servant-Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale, and Improve bottom-Line Performance. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, p. 20-21.