In the Center for Servant Leadership’s Five Key Elements of a Successful Leadership Team workshop, the first element is that the best servant-led teams have a primary leader—one person who is ultimately responsible—the authority figure of the group.
I have been fortunate to present a lot of servant leadership workshops, and there is a myth, by some, that the servant leadership philosophy is too democratic—always wanting every voice to be heard. While being heard is vital to any organizational group dynamic, the final decision-making in any group should be made by the primary authority figure. As Harry Truman once said, “The buck stops here.”
What are your thoughts on this topic?