the servant leaderServant leadership is a very popular leadership model. It was developed by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970. The servant leader serves the people he/she leads, which implies that employees are an end in themselves rather than a means to an organizational purpose or bottom line. Servant leadership is meant to replace command and control models of leadership, to be more focused on the needs of others.

What is leadership?What is leadership? And does our understanding of it need to change for today's world? When we think of leadership we visualize a larger-than-life individual in charge of some group - team, company or country. 

Bright idea!Thought leadership is radically different from traditional top-down leadership. It can be directed up as well as down or sideways, has nothing to do with position or managing people, is the basis of innovative change and is egalitarian because it can shift rapidly from one person to another.

The born leader!Leaders aren't born. Neither are great artists, but both are born with potential. Our answer to this question depends on how we define leadership. If being a leader means challenging the status quo, then you need youthful rebelliousness to stand up and be counted. This is a character trait you were born with or developed very early in life - it is not a learned skillset.

Leadership styleLeadership style in traditional leadership theory means how you relate to subordinates. Do you emphasize task structure or relationships, be unilateral or participative?

Afraid of the boss?We spend a lot of time thinking about leadership. When things go wrong, we blame leaders - a useful scapegoat. When we feel anxious, we look to leaders to make us feel better. As the pressure to succeed grows, so does our need for leaders. What does it say about us that we so strongly need leaders? 

Leadership as influenceLeadership is often described as an influence process. We say that leaders influence people to do things that they might not do otherwise. But what exactly does it mean to say that leadership is a form of influence?

Leadership style is about how people get work done through others. This used to be called management style until it got re-labeled as leadership style.

The concept of followership is popular in certain quarters today. Others refuse to call employees followers, feeling that such a label is disengaging. What do you think?

servant leader traitsWhat traits distinguish servant leaders from other kinds of leaders? What is so special about a servant leader? And, do you have what it takes to be one yourself? Here is a list of proposed servant leader characteristics.

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