Vanguard defined: The foremost part of an Army division; the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.
In other words, when one is part of the vanguard they are leading the pack. So it is with Servant Leadership – the fastest growing leadership philosophy and practice in business and organizations around the world. Don’t be mislead by the term “Servant” as meaning one is leading the way to servile behavior, it is not about bowing down to others to get results and praise, it is not about being the “go-fer” or errand boy/girl, and most importantly not about serving others by overlooking poor performance and behavior in hopes of the led correcting their actions.
There is a new leadership model that is based on teamwork, involving everyone in the process of running an organization. It is about an ethical and caring behavior toward those being led to improve/enhance their personal growth and worth in the workplace.
There is a new Leadership Paradigm in organizations of openness, empowerment, treating employees/followers like adults and leaders, being people oriented and cooperation. It is about a value system in leadership: integrity, trust, equality and mutual respect.
Servant Leadership was founded by Robert Greenleaf in 1970, written about in his small booklet called “The Servant as Leader”, which launched the modern Servant Leadership Movement. The idea came to him after reading Hermann Hesse’s “Journey to the East” in which is revealed the “Law of Service”.
The law of service says: “He who wishes to live long must serve, but he who wishes to rule does not love long.”
So who is a Servant Leader? Greenleaf says it is those who place the welfare of others before self. It is about asking yourself in your serving others, “Are their highest priority needs being served?” Greenleaf’s best test asks, “Do those being served grow as a person? Do they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous?” Lastly, do those being served themselves become servant leaders. Servant Leaders lead with a “servant’s heart” toward others, helping them grow as people in the organizations.
Vanguard Leadership is the personal Blog of David McCuistion and Vanguard Organizational Leadership (VOL) Training. The blog will contain bits of information about the principles and practices of Servant Leadership, the Pillars of Servant Leadership, the creation of organizational value, mission and motto statements. There will be other postings about my experience over the past 20 years using the practices of servant leadership.
Please feel free to comment as you see fit, ask questions, which I will answer. Enjoy the journey. David