Servant leadership is an excellent way to bring more success to your team, especially if you know your team possesses the skills needed to reach a higher goal.
But, how do you truly implement servant leadership in your company, or create a culture that’s going to strive in an environment of servant leadership? There are a few things you can do to start this process and start achieving the success you and your team deserves.
Assess your current culture
The best way to start implementing servant leadership into your company and culture is to start from square one. Assess what your current culture is like by asking yourself how your team is doing now and where your focus is currently at. Is it more focused on your individual goals, or are you more focused on the needs of others and your team?
If you’re focused more on your team, you’re already on your way to great servant leadership. If you’re not, you’ll have to make a few changes to help you get there.
Instead of focusing on individual goals, shift your focus to team goals and what the team can do together to get further ahead. When you shift your focus to an environment of collaboration, your team will be able to achieve success.
Define the role of the leader
A servant leader has the ability to further help facilitate a team to reach their goals, and this could be you! As a leader, you need to be able to assess yourself and your capabilities of being a good steward to your team.
Think about how you are creating an environment that everyone can truly succeed in. You can also think about how well you can tend to the needs of every member of your team.
If there’s any competitiveness, think about ways to diminish that and create a more collaborative environment. If you have not yet implemented servant leadership in your organization, defining the role of the leader can take some time. However, it’s important that the leader ensures that all voices and needs of the team are heard and met.
Once you’re able to identify where your organization is at and what it needs for success, you can start to implement change through systems. These are efforts that are going to support your servant leadership.
Some examples could include monthly check-ins with your team members to better assess where they’re at and how they’re doing. You can even set up more mentoring programs to better direct team members on how to work with and help each other.
How to be a more successful servant leader
Now that you’ve learned how to start implementing servant leadership into your organization, here are some tips to help you become a more successful servant leader.
Put others before yourself
Servant leadership is all about serving others. For those who are used to being the driver of certain goals or expectations, this may be a difficult adjustment at first. Sometimes changing up your approach to something a bit more softer is the key. It doesn’t make you any less of a leader, but instead shows your willingness and heart to serve your team to help reach your higher goal together..
Listen carefully and actively
In order for a servant leader to “win,” it’s crucial that everyone on the team is able to be heard. This means creating a culture that allows everyone on your team to be open, receive both good and bad feedback, and feel comfortable being able to come to you as a leader at any time to discuss what needs to be done.
In order to encourage more of your team to do this, it’s important that you play the role of a great listener. Take what it is that your team is sharing with you, and use that insight to serve as fuel for positive change within your organization.
Remember, it’s all about empowerment
At the end of the day, servant leadership is all about empowering others to achieve their goals.
Until you are able to recognize this and witness the power of what happens when you join everyone together for the benefit of others, that’s when you know that you are on the way to creating a culture where more people are going to feel the need to do more for you.
As a leader, you become someone that your team feels comfortable trusting and putting in the work for. In a culture driven by servant leadership, that’s all you could ever ask for.
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