“If you want to be the best leader you can possibly be, no matter how much or how little natural leadership talent you possess, you need to become a serving leader.”
John C. Maxwell
How easy it can be to forget this when working to accomplish some task. The results take priority over people and the focus is on what is getting done, not who you are serving and how it gets done.
Servant leadership requires more than lip service. It means more than results from some project or initiative. It means to serve others. Period. It doesn’t mean easy, or soft leadership. It means that you have to genuinely care about those that you serve and make sure that they are empowered for success. Sometimes this means that they are not in the right role, or even the right organization. That is okay. Because if you truly care, and serve them, you want them to be the most successful that they can be. Which requires genuine care, consistent support, candor, and feedback.
You have to care about your team more than you care about yourself and they will know this based on how you serve them.