A Servant Leader’s Heart and Habits by Ken Blanchard
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Servant leadership has four aspects: the heart, the head, the hands, and the habits.
I started out as mainly a head and hands guy—leadership theory and leader behavior. When I became a student of servant leadership after meeting Robert K. Greenleaf in the mid-1960s, I started to look at the heart and the habits.
The heart is about intentions and character—who you are at your core.
Servant leaders have a unique energy that says “I’m here to serve, not to be served. It’s who I am.”
When push comes to shove, if you’re not here to serve, it’s hard to do what you think is right. Why? Because your ego gets in the way. But if you’re here to serve, it’s who you are every day.
The habits are about recalibrating, on a daily basis, who you want to be—because life’s pressures can get you off track.
Find a way to enter your day slowly.
Some people exercise; others read or meditate. I read my favorite inspirational quotes every morning. It gives me a positive, happy perspective on who I want to be today.
At the end of the day, write a few lines in a journal or notebook. First, write something you did that’s consistent with who you want to be, and pat yourself on the back. Then write something you did that you’d love to have another shot at. Adding these habits to your day enhances your self-awareness.
We can’t behave on our good intentions if we don’t give ourselves time and space to recalibrate who we want to be.
Most servant leaders I know have a kind of quiet joy. It’s because they’re doing good things and also constantly examining themselves.
Servant leadership is beneficial to both followers and leaders. It’s a win-win!
What makes a leader a servant leader?
What habits best reflect servant leadership?
Legendary business author and lifelong servant leader Ken Blanchard, along with his longtime editor Renee Broadwell, edited Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results, the most comprehensive and wide-ranging guide ever published on servant leadership. The book features 44 renowned servant leadership experts and practitioners, offering advice and tools for implementing this proven, but for some still radical, leadership model.