One of your primary roles as a leader is one of support—elevating your team members up when they are struggling; developing them into their best selves; driving engagement, and motivating them to their top performance. By serving others, you gain valuable insights into how to approach situations differently. This provides invaluable experience for a servant leader!
I’ve heard that there are two ways to build the tallest building: either you build the tallest building or you tear down all the other buildings. If employees feel disrespected or that their contributions are not valued, they often become disengaged. But when you build others up, they are more likely to succeed—then, not only can you feel accomplished as a leader, their success can motivate you to work even harder!
John C. Maxwell
Great leaders project a vision of caring and shared success. This is mission-critical for keeping team members self-motivated and productive. When your team feels that you care about their success and wellbeing just as much as they do, they are more likely to go above and beyond.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I’ll keep saying it, in case you missed it the first time—success at the expense of others goes against the fabric of our humanity. Success breeds success. When you serve others, you’re inviting success to the entire team. And that benefits everyone—including you!
Robert K. Greenleaf
James C. Hunter
This is so powerful because it underscores so much of what I’ve been trying to say: the servant leader is attracted to the responsibilities of a leadership position. Traditional leadership often overlooks this. The desire to serve comes with the understanding that you are accountable for solving problems and improving the workplace for your team.
Sheila Murray Bethel
Once your desires become more important than your team, your goals change. The leaders set the tone of the workplace. Once that tone changes and your team feels a lack of support, morale, and productivity could drop. True leadership is about building a community where team members feel respected, empowered, and share a common vision.
Actions speak louder than words. Good leaders understand that in order to be the messenger, you’ve got to live the message. Their actions help the team imagine the possibilities.
Mahatma Gandhi is on the right track here, and the science backs it up. Research has shown that helping others also helps yourself. Human beings who engage in prosocial behavior tend to be happier than those who are not. They also are more likely to have improved physical and mental health.