The Servant Leader

Leader or servant?

Do the leaders in your organisation have a style tending more toward coercive, persuasive power. Are they larger-than-life figures, or are they more prone to a leadership style based on personal humilityand team support?

Larger-than-life leaders have played important roles in the business world, however if you are more comfortable with inclusion rather than coercion, you may be able to evolve a leadership style that is becoming recognized as a requirement for transforming organizations from good to truly great.

Servant leadership, which is based on the premise of service to a purpose larger than self, emphasizes a holistic approach to work; a sense of community, a sharing of power in decision-making and a vision. So how are servant-leaders different?


Servant-leaders possess a mixture of personal humility and professional resolve. They are servants first, and the desire to lead flows from the desire to improve the life and work of those around and under them.

The servant-leader possesses:

  • High emotional intelligence

  • Ability to conceptualize beyond day-to-day concerns

  • Foresight

  • Commitment to the growth of others

  • Creativity

  • Regard for community (consciousness)

  • An ability for healing and restoring others

  • Empathy

  • Positive attitude

While the concept of servant-leadership may seem counter-intuitive to our image of leadership, results show its strength. The good news is that the talented leader can, with help and guidance, develop the skills of the servant-leader and create truly great organizations.

In summary is your organization on a journey from Command and Control to Coordinate and Cultivate ?


Trevor B. Lee, EP International