Servant leadership begins with a commitment to three fundamental and foundational responsibilities
Stewardship – we hold ourselves accountable for the decisions that we make.
Commitment to Growth of the People – we believe in the intrinsic value of people.
Building Community – we believe in the value of relationships among people.
When interacting with others, the Servant Leaders focus on:
Empathy – the leader strives to understand and recognize specific conditions and the unique spirit of each individual.
Affirming – the leader strives to become involved with, and make each individual capable and fulfilled.
Characteristics of the Servant Leader’s management approach includes the following five behaviors:
Listening – the leader seeks to identify the will of the group and takes time to reflect on what is said.
Awareness – the leader is sharply awake and keenly aware.
Persuasion – the leader seeks to convince rather than coerce compliance through authority or manipulation.
Conceptualization – the leader seeks to nurture other’s ability to dream and expand their perspectives.
Foresight – the leader seeks to foresee the likely outcome of any situation and learn from the past.