(Keith, 2018) The practice of servant leadership rooted about two thousand years ago and now, a man named Robert Greenleaf redefined it with his 1970 publication A Servant as Leader. Greenleaf defined the servant-leader as follows: "The servant-leader is servant first... It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That
Further, trustworthy, understanding the people, able to motivate people, good decision making, being responsible, being realistic and being ethical are some important aspects of a leader to develop as a good leader. Considering personal leadership goals, one aspect that I would like to improve in myself is confidence in speaking English in front of others. It is not about how many people around me, but it is about talking in English. Even though I
Others say leadership can be taught. However, few qualities that a leader must have are the ability to inspire, compassion, boldness and bravery. A true leader
Winston and Fields (2015) note that a servant leader consist of three main characteristics placing followers ahead, demonstrating ethics in decision-making and actions, and creating value. By placing followers first, the leader demonstrates that the followers are more important that the position he or she holds. The leader is there because of the followers. Therefore, it is appropriate to take care of the interests of the followers at all times so that the organization can thrive. Ethical decision-making is all about doing the right thing at the right time.
This allows them to help develop, empower and provide direction for their subordinates. If and when they achieve these standards, it helps instil pride in the team, as well as aiding their development through the learning process. Indeed the servant leader thrives on helping their subordinates perform to a high standard, it is this that enables them to nurture them. It also helps them to encourage confidence in the team. When recognising the strengths and weaknesses of the team, the servant leadership thrives in both empowering their subordinates to work to their strengths; but also in developing their weaknesses.
1.2 Identity in literature Identity may be considered as the variety of personal and behavioral characteristics that describe one as a member of particular group therefore, individuals can differentiate themselves from other groups of individuals and create their own understanding of who they are depending on race, religion, culture, ethnicity and language (Fearon, 1999). On the other hand, and as a result of the geographical and social movement and the keenness of belonging to a certain social and community, individuals possibly will acquire more than a single culture (ibid). Identity in literature might be the way that is used by the authors to express themselves by presenting a new culture and language after the exile from homeland to another
These ideas fill what the mind and create a story for us to develop and synthesize into are own lives and values. Sirleaf was an open and conscientious leader. Her mix of a servant leader and an adaptive leader. She put herself second and her people first, working seven days a week and around 14 hours a day. She shows courage and strength, and sacrifice.
People are born with a degree of leadership embedded in their inherent character and personality, but it is the life experience that would hone this further to a varying degree depending on one’s upbringing and development. From time to time, joining suitable courses for leadership development may also be useful and so is finding inspirations from well-known leaders
Over the last few weeks, leadership class has succeeded in getting me to think deeply about my life, who I really am and who I hope to be. This is good because it helps me put proper measures in place that will help me accomplish those goals. A servant leader, as we have discussed in class is one who is servant-first. His main aim is to serve his people and do what is best for the people around him, whether he is in a leadership position or not. Before I came to Ashesi, I did not know anything about servant leadership so I would not have been able to tell if I was practicing it or not.