Characteristics of a Servant Leader: What’s That?

Informative post on the basics of servant leadership. Check it out!


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The former president of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Larry C. Spears identified what he considered to be the 10 most important characteristics of servant leaders. His insightful list got me thinking about these characteristics from a practical standpoint. I would like to unpack these 10 characteristics with a focus on the action needed to become a daring leader who serves. Often times in leadership development or coaching we can theorize a leadership style in a very articulate way and that is fantastic, however, to truly see the power of a leader take hold action is required.

On the top of Spears’ list is the characteristic of listening. For any leader effective communication is an important characteristic to possess. Often least coached or measured in effective communication is the ability, and dare I say, responsibility of leaders to listen. As a leader in order to listen…

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