Being A Servant Leader

“Being a Servant Leader” is one that has been taught by people like Spencer Hays and Henry Bedford at Southwestern for over 155 years.

A large number of Executives and Managers in the world live by the attitude “It’s my way or the highway”. That attitude is backwards when it comes to motivating people. Hundreds of managers and leaders have gone through the Southwestern Consulting Manager’s Edge leadership coaching program and one of the first things discussed is the difference between a Leader and a Manager. The key principle being “you lead people and manage numbers”.

What does it mean to be a “Servant Leader”?

Servant Leaders live by the following principles:
-They always put other people ahead of themselves
-They believe “you cannot teach what you don’t know, and you cannot lead where you won’t go”
-They never ask anyone to do something they’re not whiling to do themselves
-They take the blame when things go wrong, and give the credit to the team when things go right

The ultimate Servant Leader said it best “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Ps. 37.11. 6. Great leaders are meek and humble in spirit and take this Truth to heart. It is inspiring to see leaders like Henry Bedford, and Spencer Hays in a Southwestern meeting when they grab the pot of coffee and circle around a room of salespeople refilling their cups.

Are you being a Servant Leader at your workplace, at home, and with your family and friends? Or are you interested in serving yourself and telling other people what you want them to do?

For more information about Southwestern Consulting leadership coaching and the Manger’s Edge:

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