People are regularly placed in the role of being a leader and get minimal or no support and training to guide their approach and specifically how they can optimize their impact on their team.
Has that happened to you?
Almost all of us find that we're in this situation at some point in our career. My experience has been that, by following the tried-and-proven techniques you will always create a positive and creative environment.
The Servant-as-Leader model is simple, yet amazingly powerful. As a servant leader, you're a "servant first" – you focus on the needs of others, especially team members before you consider your own needs. The goal is that you ensure your people experience success and are recognized for their success, which will, of course, lead to your own success.
I also relate to the Japanese philosophies of management and leadership, which I outline in the slide deck below. It too is centered on the notion of being a humble leader. Arrogance is a really tough trait to admire and inspire. It just happens to be "7 Guiding Principles", which is another reason I endorse the philosophies outlined.
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