Reading about servant leadership style was a real breath of fresh air for me. This entire semester we have spent time reading and analyzing types of leadership that are may be complex in theory but basically focus on what we might expect a leader to look like. Someone who is in charge, someone who tells people what to do, someone that other people literally “follow”.
What a unique idea in management! You mean to tell me that if I disagree with you, as my manager, you want to tell you I think your wrong and do things my own way. The answer is, as long as it’s helping me progress to my goal in a positive way, then yes! My management team gives me full creative reign. They tell me, we hired you because we trust your ability to do this job at a high level, and we trust your decisions. I think this fits perfectly into servant leadership style. The focus is on my personal growth first, while my manager focuses on building a team of great, independent people.
This may not be the “norm” yet, but I think that with technology growing at unprecedented rates we are likely to see more companies that manage this way. Less of a carrot and stick style, and more of an intrinsic, fulfilling style. Companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. are making changes to the old corporate world and I think this new leadership style is great.