Below is a little more about what I’m looking at. Feel free to scroll down for the survey or keep reading to understand the project a little more.
5 minutes, that’s all we need. 12 minutes if you want to share more and answer everything.
Specifically, I’m interested in your thoughts about servant leadership and high-achievement. While there are all types of successful leaders at work, many times we hear that the “good guy” or “nice” woman can’t get ahead or will not achieve the same results as other types of leaders.
“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to satisfy an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.
The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?“
A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the ‘top of the pyramid,’ servant leadership is different.”. Leadership roles may come to the person, and they may even seek them, but the role and the authority is NOT their mission.
We know many servant leaders that have been incredibly successful at work (both leading billion dollar companies and blue-collar workers) and at home. They have unique ability to be focused on the long-term results and on trying to “out serve” everyone else in their company or family (not out of pride but from a heart of helping the individual and the team). Who wouldn’t want to be married to a spouse that has a heart for serving the family, forgiveness when we stumble, and to help us where we choose to grow? Who wouldn’t want to work for that boss or want the C-level of their company to act like that?
Yet, these high-achieving servant leaders are often not the “leaders” or “entrepreneurs” most people point to as successful. And, many people say the desire to achieve great things doesn’t align with servant leadership? Why? I need your help understanding your views on this and what you see in others.
Anything you share will be kept confidential between me and my partner on this project. You can keep your information anonymous by not including your name, or you can add your name, so I can come back to you with any follow up questions. Either way, your input is greatly appreciated.
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