Servant Leadership and the Greater Good
ServantLeadership and the Greater Good
ServantLeadership and the Greater Good
Servantleadership starts with a feeling that is neutral a feeling thatforces a person to serve first. After that, a conscious choice makesa person have the urge of wanting to lead. At its epicenter servantleadership is a long-term practice that uses an approach that istransformational both to life and work. In other words, it is a wayin which a person or an organization has the capability and thepotential of establishing and developing a positive change throughoutthe community as in the case of S.A.F.E House. Despite the fact thatthe popular literature seeks to identify the necessity for theleaders to enhance creativity, wellbeing, and ethical behavior, thereis very little that is known concerning the behaviors of leadershipthat can yield such outcomes. Moreover, much is not known about theunderpinning course of influence of the behaviors of leadership aswell as about the practices of development and selection that bringabout such leaders. As such, S.A.F.E House will be used in this paperto demonstrate servant leadership, and how it contributes to thegreater good.
S.A.F.EHouse as the Servant Leader
S.A.F.EHouse is an institute in southern Nevada that strives to serve thevictims of domestic violence. Due to the continuously snowballingnumber of women and children facing the challenges of domesticviolence in America, there was a need for something to be done, andthe S.A.F.E House did it in Nevada. In Nevada in particular, thedomestic violence rate was alarming. As such, the firm wasestablished in the 1994 and since then, the organization houses,counsels, and protects a myriad of victims. It now has more than 50beds, and it serves more than 4000 individuals every year.
Howthe Organization Implements Servant Leadership
S.A.F.EHouse has taken a firm stance against violence. It protects personswho have been physically, spiritually, and mentally abused which isa tough task. The organization is more than determined to make acommitment to building better lives for the individuals who need itmost, so that they can heal. Any organization that can serve thecommunity in the same capacity as that of the S.A.F.E House createsservant leaders in an unknowing manner. Importantly, S.A.F.E Housetreats all the victims equally and fairly, without any preferentialtreatment or discrimination ("S.A.F.E.House Services – Domestic Violence Shelter serving Las Vegas &Henderson, Nevada Families | SAFE House", 2017).They have formed an atmosphere that blossoms on the policies andprinciples of servant leadership. Also, they have created a culturethat is beneficial, friendly, and helpful to all. Moreover, the firmpractices fairness when it comes to hiring and managing its employeeswithout favor or discrimination.
S.A.F.EHouse’s Commitment to the Community
Thepresident of S.A.F.E House is called Sabrina Mercadante. As a show ofcommitment, she prepares annual reports that offer the community withthe proof of the promised consistency and the continuous progress,which the organization makes. As a servant leader, Sabrina holds heremployees accountable for all things done. From the reports, the firmreached 11,400 people in 2013/2014 through outreach and education,while in 2014/2015, the number rose to 11,411 ("S.A.F.E.House Services – Domestic Violence Shelter serving Las Vegas &Henderson, Nevada Families | SAFE House", 2017).Evidently, this shows progress.
ConflictsBrought about by Servant Leadership
Itis increasingly apparent that the aspect of servant leadership is aphilosophy that is rarely practiced. As an example, one of theconflicts that may be brought about by servant leadership is theissue of poor communication and poor cooperation. In most companies,communications are below par, a phenomenon that can be witnessed on adaily basis. Some of the organizations treat their employees withdisrespect, making the employees feel as if working for such anorganizations is a favor (Selladurai,2014).As a result, most persons are opting to quit their occupationswithout any remorse. They instead feel happier when they receivegovernment aid, instead of working for their own money.
Asa solution to such challenges, it is paramount to understand that theability of any organization to succeed is not about authority orpower. Companies become successful when they become part of thecommunity, know what they do, and come up with ways that assist andinspire them to do better (Selladurai,2014).Best leaders are those that transform both the community they workfor, and their organization. They should always strive to make thosearound them better since they are committed to growth.
Benefitsof Servant Leadership to an Organization
Oneof the principal benefits of servant leadership is the willingness tosupport the greater good even if it means sacrificing one’s idea oroneself. It thrives on the practice of meeting other people’s needsso as to allow the business or the community to reach their fullpotential. Foresight is one of the specific examples of servantleadership, which has a great benefit (CriminalWatchDog,2017).It means that a servant leader should see and or sense the future. Asa conclusion, leaders just as in the S.A.F.E House organizationshould use excellent skills of decision making. Additionally, leadersshould always remember that lack of (or poor) decision making can beconsidered an ethical failure. As such, they should go beyond thenormal and collaborate with others so as to succeed and achieve thegreater good.
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