SERVANT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Creating Servant Leaders who will Transform Organizations
What is Servant Leadership?
Servant leadership is a smart leadership approach with a moral imperative to lead for the sake of others. Great leaders model behaviors that equip and inspire others toward individual and community greatness. They do not see their employees as tools, but as humans with dignity that they can empower to make a difference. Servant leadership is designed to increase the self-determination, self-confidence, and self-sacrifice of everyone.
The modern servant leadership movement was launched in corporate America by AT & T executive Robert Greenleaf in 1968. Greenleaf said that servant leadership begins with “the natural feeling that one wants to serve.” Since that time, this method of combined leadership and stewardship that maximizes profits, people, and the planet has transformed corporate cultures around the world. Among the well-known organizations that have successfully implemented servant leadership are: Southwest Airlines, TD Industries, WD-40, Men’s Wearhouse, Nordstrom, Toro Company, Zappos, Starbucks, and Datron World Communications, Inc. to name a few.
Servant Leadership Institute (SLI) is a training resource center located in Carlsbad, CA created by Datron CEO Art Barter to serve and help grow leaders determined to make a positive difference in their organizations and communities. SLI has expanded its successful Datron servant leadership transformation case study into serving other organizations and businesses throughout the country interested in improving their culture as well. SLI resources include:
There is a crisis in leadership today. Harvard Business Review recently stated that self-serving leadership has eroded our confidence in institutions around the world. News reports have revealed scandals at Penn State University, and insider stock information benefiting certain members of Congress; trust in our leaders continues to be on a steady decline. It’s no surprise that business leaders are searching for a better way to lead.
“Servant leadership has been called the most successful leadership strategy in overcoming lackluster employee performances, poor financial results, and executive self-interests,” said Art Barter, Founder and CEO of SLI. “Our goal is to challenge traditional perceptions of leadership and to teach a smarter way to lead that truly makes a difference in our world.”
1. Servant Leaders seek lasting change instead of system relief.
2. Servant Leaders create intimate relationships instead of dependent relationships.
3. Servant Leaders persevere with a non-anxious presence knowing that direct reaction, deliberate resistance and destructive rumors are evidences of one’s effectiveness.
4. Servant Leaders inspire personal responsibility instead of encouraging perceived victims.
5. Servant Leaders invest in motivated people instead of adapting to troubled people.
6. Servant Leaders see troubles as the heart of preexisting anxiety instead of seeing troubles as the origin of anxiety.
7. Servant Leaders live to the applause of one as opposed to the applause of many.