Servant Leadership Singapore
Leadership doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all definition. Leaders can all succeed no matter what type of personality, theory, and education they might have. Among the popular styles of leadership is the so-called servant leadership that has unique characteristics.
What is Servant Leadership Singapore?
Servant leadership is defined as a set of practices and philosophy which enriches individuals’ lives, establishes better organizations, and eventually creates a more caring and just world.
The concept of servant leadership is actually a classic one yet it was only in 1970 when the term was coined with the published essay of Robert K. Greenleaf. According to his essay entitled The Servant as Leader, a servant leader is one who is the servant first. He also believed that aside from individuals, organizations can also become servant leaders.
Servant Leadership and Its Common Features
Unlike the authoritarian leaders, servant leaders don’t depend on exercising or accumulating power in the company. Servant leaders execute the following instead:
- Considers the employees’ needs first – A servant leader focuses on satisfying other people’s highest priority needs. A servant leader feels a strong sense of responsibility and caring for their staff.
- Commits to guiding employees in improving performance and developing expertise – A servant leader prioritizes the professional and personal development of other people, making sure they establish their professional skills and knowledge base.
- Encourages the organization to make a positive societal contribution – Without losing the focus on a healthy bottom line, a servant leader sees to it that the organization enhances improves its nation, region, and community.
Servant Leadership Singapore and Its Role in Traditional Styles of Leadership
A lot of curricula and theories tend to focus on the three classic styles of leadership:
- Authoritarian – These leaders accumulate power and use this to lead and manage the organization. Employees are expected to follow strict procedures and rules with minimal deviation.
- Participative – These leaders empower employees to become creative, offer opinions and suggestions, and encourage subordinates to offer input on senior management decisions.
- Laissez-faire – The loose translation of this French term is to let them do as they well. Based on the definition, these leaders do away with authoritarian conventions, offer minimal guidance to all levels of employees, and leave their subordinates alone to perform their jobs as they deem fit.
Servant leadership Singapore somewhat resembles participative leadership. Even though history usually cites several examples of management theories way beyond authoritarian or autocratic leadership until the 50s or 60s, servant leadership is, in fact, an ancient approach. Lao-Tzu himself referenced the concept of servant leadership in Tao Te Ching, a classic Chinese text way back in 500 BC.
Understanding the Pros of the Theory of Servant Leadership
There is no single leadership technique or theory that can be considered as perfect. Leading as a servant has several benefits associated with it:
- Servant leadership improves a society or organization in the long run.
- Caring treatment is given to employees usually promotes the same treatment of the vendors and customers of the organization.
- A servant leader attracts employee trust which then improves the credibility of the brand of the organization.
- Servant leadership usually forms a positive corporate culture and corrects an existing negative culture after some time.
- It is a leadership style which motivates and encourages high performance among employees.
Servant Leadership Workshop
Creating an engaged and productive workplace
Servant Leadership may sound like oxymoron to some. How can one be a leader and servant at the same time? By uniting employees and leaders in an organization to embrace the values of Servant Leadership, the organization gradually become more effective and people becomes happier and more caring.
Robert Greenleaf, the father of Servant Leadership, summarizes with a best test of servant leadership. “Do those served grow as persons: do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?
- Foundation behand Servant Leadership
- An Ode to a Servant Leader
- Experiential activities to bring out the Key Practices
- Self awareness
- Invert the pyramid
- Unleash the Energy and Intelligence of others
- Grow people
- Journal your journey
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