Servant Leadership as a Personal Leadership Platform

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ServantLeadership as a Personal Leadership Platform

ServantLeadership as a Personal Leadership Platform

Leadershipis very decisive in the way the people managed perform, react, andview the leader, and the more effective it is, the more positive theperceptions of the group ruled. Arguably, there are several forms ofleadership ranging from servant, transformational, and charismaticleadership. However, this essay selects servant leadership as it ismy most preferred and provides a brief commentary on the reasons formy choice to become a servant leader. Finally, the paper covers fiveannotated sources to support the commentary and a conclusion is drawnat the termination of the discussion.

PartOne: Commentary

Oneof the ambitions I have maintained for a long time now is to be in aleadership position in the future where I can serve my peopleappropriately. As a leader with such an opportunity, my prior goalwould be to ensure that the population that falls under my leadershipderive maximum satisfaction and it wouldn’t matter the level oftorture I undergo to make that possible. In other words, my primarymotive will be to put the people’s interests ahead of mine in thecourse of leadership. That way, I believe that they would be able toremain positive, feel valued and perform to their best, all to thebetterment of the specific organization that I will be leading at thetime.

Inany case, I have been greatly inspired by the way the historicalemblem Sir Abraham Lincoln led the then enslaved blacks in the UnitedStates until they gained their freedom in the otherwise foreign land.In his leadership, Lincoln displayed qualities such as dynamiclistening, empathetic, showing self-awareness and with acuteforesight, stewardship, conceptualization, healing and persuasion,prioritize community building and displayed a commitment to thegrowth of the people they lead. At the end, he was able to save thecurrent African-Americans from the then racial oppression as much ashe helped to preserve the Union which could have been easier for himif the Union dissolved. Although I possess most of the leadershipqualities of Lincoln stated above, the challenge I may encounter inthe course of ruling would be the lack of persuasion, which I intendto acquire through constant practice.

PartTwo: Annotated Bibliography

Greasley,P. E., &amp Bocârnea, M. C. (2014). The Relationship betweenPersonality Type and the Servant Leadership Characteristic ofEmpowerment.&nbspProcedia-Socialand Behavioral Sciences,&nbsp124,11-19.

Thestudy by Greasley &amp Bocârnea (2014) effectively mapped how thepersonality type and the characteristics of servant leaders aid inthe empowering of workforce to perform to their best and guaranteemaximum productivity. Stressing that the leaders of an organizationare the major determinants of success, the authors demonstrated thatthose who practiced a rule of empowering the employees as muchplacing the interests of the workers above their witnessedself-regulated work process in which the workforce performed taskswith minimal to no supervision. In other words, servant leadership isinstrumental in imparting a feeling of value and status in theindividuals being led and that is enough motivation to elicit areaction through increased work output. Under such conditions,Greasley &amp Bocârnea (2014) asserted that the population beingmanaged has often worked independently and appropriately even in theabsence of the servant leader.

Ling,Q., Lin, M., &amp Wu, X. (2016). The trickle-down effect of servantleadership on frontline employee service behaviors and performance: Amultilevel study of Chinese hotels.&nbspTourismManagement,&nbsp52,341-368.

Inwhat would look like one of the greatest revelations on the value ofservant leaders in enhancing employees’ performance, Ling, Lin &ampWu (2016) conducted a research on a cohort of 325 employee-supervisorgroups in a total of 9 highly ranked Chinese hotels. The study wasaimed to find out the contributions of servant leadership on theemployee behavior and work rate. Hence, they observed that leaderswho were knowledgeable built a culture of high performance becausethey were well aware of the expectations of the customers and theworkforce and worked effortlessly to meet the two. In simple terms,leaders who posses acute foresights are very successful in managingpeople and this is one of the qualities that bolstered Lincoln’sruling. On that regard, they argued that servant leaders must beplaced at the highest hierarchical level to ensure that theirendeavors to satisfy every player of the organization (client orworker) are harnessed by all.

Sousa,M., &amp Dierendonck, D. (2015). Servant leadership and the effectof the interaction between humility, action, and hierarchical poweron follower engagement.&nbspJournalof Business Ethics,1-13.

Byacknowledging servant leadership as the type which anchors humilityand action-propelled behavior, Sousa &amp Dierendonck (2015)conducted a study on 232 employees from several companies to verifyhow leadership influenced their participation. The findings of thework was as good as confirming that the leaders who remained humbleat the highest hierarchical level not only motivated the workers butalso encouraged the less modest rulers in the lower levels to embraceor mimic the same character, all to the betterment of institutionalperformance. Moreover, when the employees sense that the kind ofleadership in place encourages their development and growth andappreciates their efforts, they respond by rewarding the organizationthrough quality and surplus work output. Nonetheless, every workplaceis in dire need of the servant leaders’ moral virtue of humility aswell as their action-directed behaviors to perform better it is themost ideal leadership approach to try to apply at all times.

Thakore,D. (2013). Servant Leadership.&nbspInternationalLetters of Social and Humanistic Sciences,(07), 23-32.

Thework by Thakore (2013) could have covered the theme of servantleadership tersely. This author provides a comprehensive baselinehistory of the roots of servant leadership, pointing out that it haspersisted for over thousands of years and relates its uniqueness tothe fact that it operates against self-interest of an individualmanager. Specifically, Thakore (2013) argued in this work thatperhaps the best leadership approach worth adopting to help solve thechallenges of innovation, worker retention, and organizationperformance is the servant type. Why or how? Thakore (2013) concludedthat if a person is accorded more value by his or her leader andgiven commendable considerations ahead of the manager, then he islikely to respond through rapid and quality (unsupervised) workoutput and the feeling of quitting the job or terminating theassociation with the leader is unlikely. The author was keen tomention that the characters of servant leaders regarding listening,healing, empathy, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship,community building, commitment to growth, persuasion, and awarenessenvision institutional success and any company worth the salt shouldembrace the approach for future growth.

vanDierendonck, D., &amp Patterson, K. (2015). Compassionate love as acornerstone of servant leadership: An integration of previoustheorizing and research.&nbspJournalof Business Ethics,&nbsp128(1),119-131.

Thearticle by van Dierendonck &amp Patterson (2015) patently exploitsthe constructs of servant leadership as was first coined byGreenleaf. The authors, in their work, tried to show how this type ofruling encourage sounder and most favorable human functioning withrespect to the community as well as the existing organizations.Pursuant to the study, the authors validated that the propensity of aleader in relation to compassionate love anchors gratitude, altruism,humility, and forgiveness and these are ingredients of servantleaders that are vital for stewardship, empowerment, provision ofdirection, and authenticity. In tandem with that, van Dierendonck &ampPatterson (2015) concurred that servant leadership is one of the bestparadigms to organizational prosperity and successful politicalrulings such as those of the old-day anti-slavery campaigns byAbraham Lincoln. The authors, therefore, encouraged the futureleaders to embrace the method if they intend to get the best out ofthe groups they manage.

Conclusion

Fromthe above considerations as covered in the annotated sources, thereason I selected servant leadership as a management tool in thefuture workplace is well cemented. The approach, in placing thewelfare of the workforce ahead of everything including the interestsof the leader, has proved effective in enhancing performance throughempowerment. For one to be a servant leader, he must possess thefollowing traits: listeningskills, healing, empathy, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship,community building and commitment to growth, persuasion, andawareness. Fortunately, the above characters (with the exception ofthe ability to persuade) are part of my personality and with theacquisition of persuasion experience through practice I’ll bewell-positioned to exploit servant leadership and facilitate highproductivity among the employees.

References

Greasley,P. E., &amp Bocârnea, M. C. (2014). The Relationship betweenPersonality Type and the Servant Leadership Characteristic ofEmpowerment.&nbspProcedia-Socialand Behavioral Sciences,&nbsp124,11-19.

Ling,Q., Lin, M., &amp Wu, X. (2016). The trickle-down effect of servantleadership on frontline employee service behaviors and performance: Amultilevel study of Chinese hotels.&nbspTourismManagement,&nbsp52,341-368.

Sousa,M., &amp Dierendonck, D. (2015). Servant leadership and the effectof the interaction between humility, action, and hierarchical poweron follower engagement.&nbspJournalof Business Ethics,1-13.

Thakore,D. (2013). Servant Leadership.&nbspInternationalLetters of Social and Humanistic Sciences,(07), 23-32.

vanDierendonck, D., &amp Patterson, K. (2015). Compassionate love as acornerstone of servant leadership: An integration of previoustheorizing and research.&nbspJournalof Business Ethics,&nbsp128(1),119-131.

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