What is Servant Leadership?

 

In the world of business, there are few personal characteristics more important than strong and effective leadership. While managers may like to believe they’re all set in that department, statistics have shown that employees may not be so confident. According to a study performed by Brandon Hall’s State of Leadership, though the most resources are dedicated to leadership development, 71 percent of companies do not feel their leaders are able or capable of leading them into the future. With this insight in mind, it’s no surprise industries are looking for a new approach to leadership. Many organizations have found success by turning to the concept of servant leadership. This concept places emphasis on serving individuals, as opposed to seeking out business goals or benchmarks. But how does this process work, and what applications might it have at work, with friends, or family?

Though the definition is generally ambiguous, many thought leaders have gone on to provide their take on what exactly makes up the servant leader. Larry Spear, who served as president of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, outlined ten significant characteristics for these types of considerate and selfless leaders. Let’s take a look to see what these characteristics look like and how they apply to work, friends, and family.

Different Leadership Styles Compared to Servant Leadership

What makes a leader great? People have wildly different answers to that question. While there may not be one black and white answer, we can certainly look at the most common types of leaders and see what makes them so effective. In 2000, Daniel Goleman did a study on leadership styles that garnered the best results while taking emotional intelligence into account. Four of the leadership styles resulted in positive impacts on the workplace environment. Let’s take a look at these types of leaders and see how they might improve further with the application of some servant leader concepts.

Servant Leadership Checklist

As proponents of servant leadership, Alpha Kappa Psi is always excited when others want to join us on this amazing journey. We believe that the theory and practice of servant leadership are paths to growth and greatness, and we want to spread the word!

However, it can be very difficult to practice servant leadership with only a theory and a set of principles to guide you. That’s why we have put together this practical checklist of servant leadership in action. No matter where you are in the journey of leading by serving, we have action steps for you and your chapter.

Can You Fake Being Confident?

Most people have heard the phrase “fake it until you make it” many times in their lives as it relates to being more confident. You might think of it as something that people who are amateurs in their field do in order to land a job or get a promotion, and this is surely the case sometimes. Over the years, this idea has become a bit of a cliché, but that doesn’t make it less of a strategy that can actually work for you. The key is doing it reasonably. Nobody is going to fake their way onto a space shuttle or onto a professional basketball court, but there are certain situations where faking it until you make it could be the right strategy for you to become more confident.

Confidence Before, During, and After a Job Interview

 

Job interviews can be the most draining events ever. From the initial “I have an interview?!” to waiting for a response, it’s easy to feel drained, stressed, and irritated throughout the whole ordeal. Confidence in yourself and your abilities may be at an all-time low and it’s easy to freefall into a heavy slump. Luckily, steps do exist to reduce and minimize the feelings of anxiety and worry. As those emotions subside, it’s much easier to be confident again in your skill set, personality, and experiences. Here are a few tips to help you do that.