This important concept was first introduced by Robert Greenleaf in 1970 with his book “Servant Leadership- A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness.” It involves turning the traditional organization chart upside down, so that leaders can see that their primary job is to support their team.
Servant leaders pledge their support to ensure their employee’s / team member’s success. You begin to recognize that your job is to remove obstacles to ensure their success.
Who wouldn’t want to work for someone that treated them as someone so important? Leaders that operate this way generate employee engagement that in turn generates business / organizational success for surpassing traditional models.
The question is, “Why isn’t this more widely adopted?” My guess. It is an ego problem. Most leaders have not conquered their ego enough to bring this kind of humility to the workplace.
Just my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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