We’re here! The final two servant leader qualities in our list of 10, as outlined by Spears (2002). There are certainly other qualities of a servant leader, but these 10 that we have examined are the key qualities that every servant leader must possess. For anyone who wants to become a servant leader that others trust and want to follow, working on these 10 qualities is the formula for getting there. So, let’s look at the last two!
#9: Commitment to the Growth of People
Servant leaders believe in the unique value that each person possesses, and they do all that they can in order to bring the best out in their people. Because servant leaders are so “others-focused,” they spend vast amounts of their time and resources to make others better, to encourage them, to help them grow, and ultimately to help them flourish. If you have people who currently work for you or report to you, what specific things are you doing to help them grow? What else can you do to help them reach their full potential? Servant leaders are committed to cultivating an environment where people are encouraged to grow in all areas: professionally, personally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
#10: Building Community
This last one is what it’s all about! Servant leaders build community among their people. They do this through relationship-building, which is accomplished by implementing each of the previous nine qualities on a daily basis. Servant leaders understand that there is more to life than just work, and by serving people on a regular basis, they are building a community where people care for each other and seek to build up, not tear down. Are you building community at your workplace? Home? Church? Or are you dividing people? If you want to be a servant leader, you must take the necessary steps to cultivate community and bring people together.
This has been fun! I hope you have learned more about servant leadership. In review, here are the 10 qualities of a servant leader as outlined by Spears (2002):
- Commitment to the Growth of People
- Building Community
Spears, L. C., & Lawrence, M. (2002). Focus on Leadership: Servant-leadership for the Twenty-first Century. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.