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Three Steps to Service Based Leadership

Three Steps to Service Based Leadership

Article by Scott Love

When I was a first-year midshipman at Annapolis, I would be very surprised to hear combat veteran Marine Corps and Naval officers talk of how leadership was servanthood. I always had the impression that leadership was more of a glorious task of getting a chest full of medals. But the real core of leadership is about being an unglamorous servant. Marine Corps officers are always the last to get fed when in the field. They want to make sure the troops have enough to eat. Leadership is about putting the needs of others ahead of yourself. Serving others, as long as it is in the direction of achieving your corporate goals, is the true essence of super-effective leadership. Leadership is about seeking out what motivates a subordinate, and figuring out how that internal motivation can be harnessed to help the team achieve its goals, thereby giving a sense of personal achievement to that employee.

The only problem with all this is that the task of having a servant