One of the keys to great leadership is the ability to focus on the growth and success of others. When you follow leadership principles that allow you to focus on giving to those around you, you will find that success follows. This type of leadership style can be beneficial in many ways.
1. We all want to succeed. However, we also need to be able to have a strong group of people around us who can also succeed. It is like the phrase, “a team is only as strong as its weakest link.” If there is someone who needs more skills to grow in the workplace or to be successful, by mentoring this person, you are essentially strengthening the outcomes of your team.
2. To be a strong leader, you must command respect from others, but the respect that is earned is worth so much more. When your employees or team knows you will be there to help and guide them, and that they can trust you, you will earn more respect. This will bring about positive, professional relationships that lead to more communication and better team dynamics.
3. Giving time and attention to the team you work with can help you to grow and learn as well. Even the best leader can take lessons from those who work with them. Each team will be different and the learning possibilities are endless. In fact, teams can change drastically just by replacing one person, or from project to project. This focus on the team will also help with observation skills and enable a more intuitive approach with others in the future.
4. When a leader spends more time focusing on themselves, the bottom line, or success, they miss the details, and while they may be able make strides and find success in the short-term, they may lose out in the long-term. There are so many elements that make up the whole picture of success, and a good leader will focus on how they can give to the team and enhance the growth of the team as a whole.
5. Servant leadership is the best way to help the team participate and it will enforce the growth of individual and group skills, as well as help the team reach their full potential. There is less limitation, therefore, more growth.
While there are many leadership styles, and every leader has a specific way in which they operate, in many situations, servant leadership should stand out as a highly productive way for a leader to guide and encourage a team.