“Lead out of what you do for people. Become a true servant leader for that is really the leadership of the future and the future of leadership.” (Louis Tice)
The best kind of leadership is something called “servant leadership”. These people are effective because while they lead, the also serve. Sometimes, they are almost invisible and the only time they really become visible is when they leave. They are the glue that keeps things together.
Frequently they stay in the background and let others take the credit. They don’t need applause or power or whatever. Their power comes from within and from heir willingness to help others. They are willing to do almost anything for their company or their community or their colleagues.
The servant leader encourages authenticity in those around them so that there is a commitment to telling the truth, keeping your promises, and staying true to your innermost values. It’s the opposite of working for someone who ducks and dives, changes their stance according to who they’re talking to, and keeps you guessing so you won’t get too close.
When you live like a servant leader, you live from your heart, your soul and your spirit in simple unaffected ways. Your authenticity shines through like “the grain in your wood”.