Servant Leadership By Dave Worland Principal Cathedral High School July 5, 2011 Introduction to servant leadership? • This is an interactive presentation, so please do raise comments and questions anytime during the presentation. • This raises many issues, so questions are always welcome! Why is this a topic today? • Currently is a buzz word in educational circles • Many Experts and many books available on this topic now – “I am” survey, etc.! – Horizon League • Leader – Power, wealth, and fame • Counter-cultural – media and upbringing What terms come to mind? • “Leadership” • “Servant” – Paradox: Servant Leadership does not mean weak or powerless! – Proponents: • John Stahl-Wert – The Serving Leader • Robert Greenleaf – The Servant as Leader • Kent M Keith – The Case for Servant Leadership Greenleaf Definition • Servant Leader is servant first. • It begins with natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. • That person is sharply different from one who is leader first. • Leader-first and servant-first are 2 extreme types – between them are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature. My definition of Servant Leadership is Action • • • Coach Vince Burpo – Frontier HS – senior football players clean up locker room after home and away varsity games Benton Central HS – Sportsmanship banquet – most recipients were servant leaders Your examples? Other experts? See handout • Stephen Covey – urges people to rise above our present circumstances • Peter Drucker – What can I contribute and mean it? • Jim Collins – leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves • Peter Senge – most singular & useful statement of leadership in last 20 years How would servant leaders act when dealing with difficult situation? • New Coach named after strong relationship with former coach • Injury? • New teammate who is very skilled in your position? • Junior on J.V. Team? Do Anyway Handout • People are illogical, unreasonable, & selfcentered. LOVE THEM ANYWAY. • If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. DO GOOD ANYWAY. • If you are successful, you will win false friends & true enemies. SUCCEED ANYWAY. • The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. DO GOOD ANYWAY. • Honesty & frankness make you vulnerable. BE HONEST & FRANK ANYWAY. • The biggest men & women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. THINK BIG ANYWAY. Do It Anyway (continued) • People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. FIGHT FOR A FEW UNDERDOGS ANWAY. • What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. BUILD ANYWAY. • People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY. • Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU HAVE ANYWAY. - Kent M Keith (1968) Examples of students/adults at your school with characteristics of a Servant Leader • A leader who is focused on serving others • One who listens, has empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building community • Common qualities: unconditional love, brokenness, self-awareness, being real, foresight, facilitate common vision, builds community, empowers others, meets needs of others, removes obstacles, being the cheerleader. • See leadership as only worth it if it is helping others! The Case for Servant Leadership • Not about controlling; about caring for and being resource for • Not about being boss; is about being present and building a community at work • Not building territory; is about letting go of ego, bringing your spirit to work, being your best and most authentic self Case for Servant Leadership (cont.) • Less concerned with pep talks & more concerned with creating a place where people can do good work, can find meaning in their work, and can bring their spirits to work. • Leadership, like life, is largely a matter of paying attention. • Leadership requires love. - James Autry Being Counter-Cultural • To the world, servant leaders may seen naïve…and stand alone without support of their culture. • The most effective leaders do not seek power, wealth, or fame – the seek to make a difference in the lives of others, they are often given power, wealth, and fame…which they treat as tools for helping others. -Robert Greenleaf Power Model vs. Service Model 1. How would you define the power model of leadership? 2. How would you define the service model of leadership? 3. Make 2 columns (headings “Power” & “Service). List words in each that describe each model. Which words are the same for both columns? What are different? Power Model vs. Service Model (cont.) 4. To what end does Power-oriented leader use power? To what end does a servant-leader use power? 5. Which model of leadership have you used most often? Why? Questions for Reflection & Discussion 1. How do you serve others in your family, your school, your organization, or your community? 2. Name servant-leaders you know from history, literature, or real life today. What makes them servantleaders?