Ken Blanchard, author of “The One Minute Manager” believes effective leadership starts in the heart. The heart controls motivation, intent and leadership character.
“Seagull Management” seems to be the leadership style around the world today. Seagull managers set goals, disappear & then show up when you screw up! Like seagulls, they fly in, make a ton of noise, dump on everyone and then fly out. These self-serving leaders destroy team members if any negative feedback makes it up the chain of command. They don’t want anyone else in the company to look good. Team members often feel they are doing a good job when they notice that “nobody has yelled or blamed anyone else today.” Self-serving leaders are caught in an ego trap which limits their productivity and the growth and productivity of their teams.
Servant leaders, on the other hand, work to develop great relationships. They actively seek out employees to catch them doing something right and praise them in front of everyone! Servant leaders don’t mind sharing leadership roles and continually work to build great leaders. If you don’t mind who gets the credit, it’s amazing how much an organization can accomplish.
Servant leaders are humble—not weak. As Ken Blanchard quotes “People with humility don’t think less of themselves; they just think about themselves less.”
Harvey Mackay’s take away principle on leadership styles is “none of us is as smart as all of us.”