Inspiring Servant Leadership in Others

Servant leadership means doing whatever you can to help your colleagues and peers become their very best. Key elements of this philosophy include a commitment to developing others, foresight, and stewardship of resources and trust. Every servant leader will naturally encounter situations where they want to see their peers develop as servant leaders, too. As you prioritize this part of your employees’ growth, consider these steps that can accelerate their journey to leadership.

Nurture Skills and Goals

Listening is high on the list of the most important characteristics of a servant leader. The first step toward inspiring employees to practice servant leadership is to listen to what direction they want to grow. If someone wants to learn more about compliance and documentation, for instance, putting them in a customer service role might not be the best idea. By listening, you will pinpoint the various strengths on the team and learn how to develop the group in a way that moves you beyond bottlenecks or other challenges. As each person feels fully utilized and empowered, they will be inspired to lead in the workplace because that effort advances their goals.

Create a Culture of Trust

For servant leadership to truly take root and thrive in an organization, there must be a culture of trust. Employees must be able to rely on the leader to provide what is needed on the path to success. The leader must continue to believe in the employees even when one specific project or situation might seem like a step back. One study published in Harvard Business Review found that employees in a high-trust workplace reported 74 percent less stress, 40 percent less burnout, and 13 percent fewer sick days. Servant leadership and the trust that develops from the approach have major benefits to a business.

Encourage Foresight and Shared Perspective

Another beginner step in developing as a servant leader is to adopt long-term thinking and start researching what is next for the organization. When evolving an employee as a servant leader, allow them to suggest contacts or new strategies that might improve life for their peers down the road. This is especially true when it comes to networking, which is a vital skill for any leader. Not only does it help form connections that can solve problems and drive growth, but also networking builds a professional’s reputation in their own industry.

These tips, that can help inspire servant leadership in your employees, are really just advice for practicing servant leadership yourself. By listening to employees and pivoting to meet their goals, you deepen loyalty and build trust. As that trust is expressed through the culture, it is safe to try new things. In that environment, leaders will step up to help and serve each other, naturally following the example of those around them. For help achieving the dream, call on Alpha Kappa Psi for insight and support.

Don’t Hesitate

Today’s chat follows the story of another entrepreneur who decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a dream in race and event management. Todd Oliver talks to us about handling conflict, improving customer service for his runners, and rallying support in the community to get a company off the ground.

Todd Oliver graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989. Much of his career has been involved in sports marketing with stints in auto racing in various marketing roles, with a final stop at the American College of Sports Medicine as the vice president of corporate partnerships through 2014. In 2009, Oliver started his second running event company, Carmel Road Racing Group, with shared ownership specifically for the Carmel Marathon. Today, the company owns six events in the Indianapolis area and stages four under contract with two hosted out-of-state.

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Resources to Become a Better Servant Leader

One of the most fun and challenging aspects of servant leadership is the continuous growth that happens along the way. Simply because we’re only human, every leader has some characteristics that come naturally, while other competencies develop over time. As you strive to become a better, more well-rounded servant leader, here are some resources to help develop soft skills and other professional qualities.

Become a Better Listener

Listening is one of the most essential skills for a servant leader, especially active listening. In this practice, the person listening repeats back what they have heard in the form of a question to confirm understanding before they share their thoughts. Active listeners also pay attention to emotions and nonverbal communication. To become a better active listener, try out these resources:

Develop Awareness

Awareness is the ability to look at yourself and your behavior in the context of the others around you. As a leader, this means considering elements like how you give and receive feedback, how you manage your emotions while communicating, and how your values appear in the workplace. Becoming a self-aware leader is a constant process. Here are some resources to help you get started:

Learn Persuasion

People might think persuasion is negative, but in the hands of the right servant leader, it is a valuable skill. The aim of a servant leader is to build a consensus and comraderie among team members, rather than dictate tasks through authority. When you persuade members of the team, this means you’ve earned their trust and support. Learn more with these resources:

Listening, awareness, and persuasion are three of the most important skills for a servant leader, and they are also the kind of skills everyone can always improve. Whether these resources expose you to new concepts or help you deepen an understanding, we wish you happy learning and happy leading.



Asking the Hard Questions

Today’s episode dives into building courage and staying true to your values. Jhaymee Tynan, a leader in healthcare business strategy, joins us to chat about her passion for advancing women and women of color, and championing wellness in the workplace.

Jhaymee Tynan is the assistant vice president of integration at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. In her current role, Jhaymee leads the system’s Integration Management Office, which provides day-to-day operations and strategy leadership for post-merger integration activities with current and new partners. During her tenure at Atrium Health, she has led several high impact strategy projects, including the development of world-class growth plans for oncology and pediatrics service lines.

In addition to her service to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD), the National Association for Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Women in Healthcare (WiH), and the Carolinas Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (CSHSMD).

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Alpha Kappa Psi Rechartered The Nu Xi Chapter at the University of California, San Diego.

INDIANAPOLIS (January 22, 2020) – Alpha Kappa Psi rechartered The Nu Xi Chapter at the University of California, San Diego on January 11.

The chapter initiated 49 members under Chief Installation Officer Thomas Tran. We extend thanks to the installation team for ushering in our newest principled business leaders.

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Welcome, new brothers!