Good leaders must first become good servants. Robert K. Greenleaf
Servant Leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches lives of individuals, builds better organizations and creates a more just and caring world. Servant Leaders lead with others in mind. Robert Greenleaf is regarded as the founder of the concept of Servant Leadership. Servant Leadership is not only a process, it is a way of life.
Allison Elkow Lazicky from Top Notch Teams is serving up Servant Leadership in more ways than one. Using the metaphor of an Oreo Cookie, Allison sets the stage by saying that before one can dig into the delicious center cream, we set expectations with the top half of the cookie and learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude with the bottom half of the cookie. I love the metaphor of the Oreo Cookie and Servant Leadership.
I think there is a strong connection between servant leadership and being a caregiver. As caregivers we often put ourselves second and focus on the needs of someone else. Becoming a servant leader is a process; becoming a caregiver is a process too. When we (caregivers) develop a care team, we have to empower members to the best of their abilities. While we might want to jump right into the center of the Oreo cookie, we have to set our expectations and adapt that attitude of gratitude.
I find the concept of Servant Leaders and Caregivers fascinating. I think you will find the conversation with Allison Elkow Lazicky fascinating too. Here’s to creating great teams and Oreo Cookies! Listen in and learn how Allison is creating healthy teams and Healing Ties all around us!
Visit Allison’s website, Top-Notch Teams by clicking here!