Servant Leadership

By Rich Bond

At a recent Vistage meeting, there was a discussion of the term “Servant Leadership,” which essentially means putting the people who work for you before profits or other gains.

Although I find the term “off-putting,” I think the concept has merit.

Too many companies, particularly in the U.S., have looked to increase profits at the expense of most employees and even customers.  Some of these actions would include outsourcing production overseas and excessive CEO compensation packages.

The real value of a manager comes from what a team produces under the manager’s leadership, versus what the group would produce without it.

It seems like managers need to think less about how something will benefit them and more about how something will affect everyone involved.

What do you think?

 

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