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November 17, 2011

Forget about being an astonishing leader if you don’t serve people

A recent article I wrote — Leadership by Serving Around — deserves a revisit.

Because it’s so damn important.

Leadership 101 talks about the need to display skills and competencies like communication, charisma, decisiveness, confidence, priority setting, and the list goes on and on. Ante to play the leadership game as far as I am concerned; certainly won’t distinguish anyone at their craft.

Everyone covets these attributes. Some people practise them well. And some don’t.

The problem is that even those who are competent leadership 101 leaders typically miss the one ingredient that is not discussed much in leadership literature but will define the “loved” leader. The honored Leader. The leader that creates followers at will.

What can I do

These chosen few leaders serve people.

And they do it naturally. “How can I help?” is on the tip of their tongues when they talk to an employee. “Is there anything I can do for you?” “What barriers can I remove that will make your job easier?”

Servant leaders are icons of tomorrow.

They earn followers by an undying display of caring for people and their well-being.

And yet serving is not adequately covered in modern leadership dogma.

Too bad.

What a brilliant opportunity to contribute to building humanity back into business.

Cheers,
Roy

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