Servant Leadership is a seemingly paradoxical term describing the role of leaders who focus on community wellbeing and growth. In contrast to traditional leadership where professionals at the top of the pyramid gather and exhibit their power, servant leadership primarily focuses on community wellbeing and growth for the betterment of the community.
It is a concept that has been described by Robert Greenleaf in 1970.
Serviceman leaders do not lack self-confidence and neither are they philanthropic. They rather have the charter to inculcate and foster the feelings of accountability, personal development, and autonomy in the community they lead.
The leaders here share power, responsibility, and ethos of excellence and performance. Despite the popularity and sincerity of servant leadership, there have been several divergent views on its applicability.
Industry leaders feel it is increasingly difficult to maintain the true ethos of servant leadership with increasing organisational size, public shareholders, large and diverse employee pool across several business units and operations.
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