Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Servant Leadership: It's the Only Way

Times are changing. Relational leadership, treating people with love and respect, is taking hold of our institutions. In looking at Fortune magazine’s Best Place to Work companies, Google, a high-tech company, ranked #1. Who would have thought that a company steeped in technology would rank that high?

Due to mounds of research, we now know how to change and exhibit the behaviors of servant leaders. The skills (humility, self-awareness, caring, etc.) and characteristics of a servant leader transcend race, creed, and religion.

The philosophy of servant leadership has stood the test of time. During one of our Servant Leadership Forums in 2009 and at the height of the economic crises, when asked if servant leadership was the right leadership style, former Columbus Bank and Trust Company CEO, Steve Melton, said, “It’s the only way.”

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