Ken Blanchard believes there is one fundamental question all leaders need to ask themselves: Is the purpose of my leadership to serve—or is it my expectation to be served? A leader’s answer is important because it leads to two fundamentally different approaches to leadership.
As a professional coach, I work with leaders on various skills such as increasing leadership effectiveness, motivating team members, and accomplishing team goals. The coaching discussions often center on how leaders can get team members to do what they need them to do.
Consider these serving leader approaches to five common leadership situations. Would direct reports identify you as a servant leader? (Keep in mind that people can only see your behaviors—not your intentions.)
Providing direction. Servant leaders take responsibility for providing people with clear direction on goals, expectations, and tasks. They recognize next steps that may be clear to them may not be as…
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