Servant

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Drawing of person holding up bridge with small people crossing over

This type of leader takes care of the needs of their followers first before they take care of their own. Instead of acting like a ‘king’ to the people under them, leaders are more servile and facilitatory.

This leader feels compelled to act in this way. .

Servant leadership traces its origins to Robert Greenleaf In his 1970 essay “The Servant as a Leader,” he described servant leadership like this: 

The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.

Servant leadership flips the typical leadership script by putting people ahead of power. A servant leader prioritizes the team’s growth and well-being, letting their own needs and ambition take a backseat.

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