What Is Servant Leadership?
This is one of the most common questions we are asked here at the Institute.
Servant leadership (SL) is a set of behaviors and practices that turn the traditional "power leadership" model upside down; instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader actually exists to serve the people. As a result, the practice is centered on a desire to serve and emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. Its primary goal is to enhance individual growth, teamwork and overall employee involvement and satisfaction.
And while this timeless philosophy was recorded as early as 570 BCE – 490 BCE in the writings of Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, SL really began to gain its notoriety in the early 1970s. Since then, proponents of this inspirational leadership style have unlocked purpose and ingenuity in those around them through encouragement and support. They have also enabled subordinates to unlock their innermost potential, which has resulted in overall higher performance and more engaged, fulfilled employees.
As servant leaders, we focus on the growth and well being of people and their communities and our main purpose is to inspire and equip all those we influence.
We would love to help you explore a bold new way to lead!
Why Servant Leadership?
Increase Employee Engagement, Efficiency, and More Through Servant Leadership
Strong leadership techniques are a key component of any organization, but not all leadership techniques are created equal. Unlike other leadership programs, our dedicated team can help you uncover the SL benefits that will take your operation to new heights.
First, by applying SL principles, you can greatly increase the efficiency and happiness of your entire team. Just a few SL benefits include:
More engagement and accountability
Added confidence and dedication
Decreased sick days
Increased employee retention
Another benefit of SL is the fact that you can support a better work-life balance among your employees. By helping them to maintain healthy relationships in every area of their lives, you can ensure they’re fully engaged and present when it’s time to get to work.
Leaders With Heart
SL benefits don’t just affect those being served. They also have a huge positive effect on those serving as well.
Traditional leadership techniques can leave leaders feeling like they’re battling for power, status, or material possessions. It can create a sense of separation between those being served and the ones who are supposed to be doing the serving.
SL is different because it flips the script. Instead of employees working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the employee by inspiring and equipping him/her to do great work. It allows everyone on your team to connect on a deeper, more meaningful level. It enables you to truly serve the deepest needs of the people you work with every day, decreasing stress and improving overall health and well-being.
Why Choose SLI?
Employees’ happiness quotient is a multiplier, and according to a Gallup Poll, unhappy employees cost the U.S. $550 billion a year. It doesn‘t have to be that way. SL unlocks individual potential, which creates a sense of purpose and creativity.
1. Experience: Since 2008, we've provided hands-on training and relationship-based programs that show managers how to lead differently and inspire their teams.
2. Recognized Leadership: We are recognized for leadership in the community: We were nominated for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award in 2016 and our CEO was named in the Top 30 for John C. Maxwell Leadership Award in 2015.
3. Proven Successes: As one example, at Datron World Communications, Inc., a SL company:
Voluntary turnover average from 2011-2016 was only 5%
Trust in leadership increased 17% over 5 years of practicing SL
Since 2008, Datron has saved over $500K due to improvements offered and implemented by employees
24% pretax portfolio return among SL companies
The end result ? A company that operates at peak performance with happy, engaged employees who are more creative, more energized and more productive.
The Benefits of Servant Leadership
Create a more engaged, accountable team
Build confidence and dedication
Improve work-life balance
Create a family-like support system at work
Decrease sick days and attrition
Increase efficiency and profit
We’d love to tell you more about the benefits of SL!