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Title: Real Leaders Serve   Send to a Friend
Date: 03/15/2009    
 
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Spring forward with the latest from W.O.W! 

 New Teleseminar: Back in the Swing of Things: Life After Lay-off   What do you do if your name doesn''t make it back on the organizational chart? It may be time to find a new job but is there something you should do to survive a layoff and end up better off then before? This one hour teleclass will be held Wednesday, April 22nd at noon central timeGo online to register now!  

 2009 Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resources Issues  Join Mary on Thursday, May 21st at the 18th Annual HR Houston''s Conference.  Go to www.hrhouston.org to register now.   

 March Online Store Special   Did you miss our recent teleseminar Increasing Your Personal EffectivenessWell, don''t worry, it is available on CD!  Go to www.wowconsultinggroup.com and click on the eStore link to purchase your copy.


Real Leaders Serve
Leaders are constantly striving to find better ways of motivating their teams.  Often times using different approaches but many times getting stuck in a leadership rut which leaves them wondering what can be done to produce a high performing team.  One of the best ways to lead is often times overlooked.  If you want to really lead, learn to serve.  

 What exactly is servant leadership?   

 The term was first coined by Robert Greenleaf , who is recognized as the father of servant leadership.  He defined it as a leadership philosophy which views the leader as a steward of the resources provided by the organization.  It encourages leaders to serve others while staying focused on achieving results in line with the organization''s values and integrity.  He went on to describe some of the characteristics of a servant leader as:  

"It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead…The difference manifest itself in the care taken by the leader - first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: do those served grow as persons, do they grow while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?"  

 Unlike leadership approaches with a top-down hierarchical style, Servant Leadership instead emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. At heart, the individual is a servant first, making the conscious decision to lead in order to better serve others, not to increase their own power. The objective is to enhance the growth of individuals in the organization and increase teamwork and personal involvement.  

 In the next issue, we will discuss 7 key characteristics of servant leaders and we''ll discuss how you can determine if you have what it takes to ''improve your serve''. 


Journaling assignment:
What are 2 or 3 powerful things you can do intentionally each day to better serve your team?  How will this increase their effectiveness?

Until next time, make it a WOW day!

Warm wishes,
Mary

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Mary E. Banks, a leadership, life coach and speaker, is the author of The Multi-Faceted Woman, Living by Faith 9 to 5, and 52 Weeks of WOW Faith.

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