Before taking this course I had never fully considered that there could be a particular style of leadership that would work best for me personally. One of the assignments in this course has been a presentation on one of the prominent modern leadership theories. I am glad that I was assigned Greenleaf’s Servanf Leadership Theory for this project. Being presented with the opportunity to delve a bit feels into this idea of Servant Leadership has helped me begging to realize what kind of leadership style might work best for me. The motion that a leader can strive to be aware of their team members– to know them, support them in their personal and professional development, to take interest in them and recognize their achievements– has really resonated with me. I think this is because I have noticed that I have a tendency to respond best to the leaders who are invested in me as an individual. I would like to think that when members of a team see their lead demonstrating a great amount of genuine care for them, they can be empowered to give to same amount of energy back to the team to accomplish whatever their shared goals may be.
Too many leaders think that they should know it all, be able to do it all. and always be in charge. But I think the best leaders are self-aware enough to realize their limitations and are secure enough to know that they can let go of control and let others take charge if and when a situation calls for it.
There’s an important reason for leaders to follow; no one person can do it all without accepting help from time to time. The idea of being the “in charge” leader– the one who is supposed to do anything that is required of them to be successful and be better than anyone else, the charismatic bigger than life personality, the warrior charging in on a white horse to single-handedly save the day– is awfully daunting. But what happens when we set aside this heroic myth? We realize that the best leaders leaders are not independent of others but conversely are dependent upon the energies and efforts of others. If a leader is able to admit that they can’t do it alone, they begin to develop and utilize the full potential of everyone around them, which is far more effective than always trying to be “in the lead”.