Archive for November, 2010

Servant Leaders have a different way of looking at how people work together.  These leaders create a community with a sense that all are part of a team working toward an agreed upon vision.  A truly effective leader has learned how to serve and be served.  Through this process of serving, the servant leader seeks to find a way of building community, resisting the temptation to just get the job done.  In addition, the Servant Leaders strives at creating a community of leaders through the generation of a shared vision.  Using effective communication and partnerships, the leader will build a community that will contribute to the success of the organization.  Servant Leaders intentionally work to build a community that works together and learns to serve.

Because Servant Leaders are best prepared to bring about large-scale and lasting change, these leaders listen closely to those they work and live with.  Some ways to building community can include giving back to the community through service, financially investing in the community, and caring about the community.  Such simple steps are ways in which a leader can build the community in which he/she lives and works.  Active participation in community life can promote happiness and fulfillment of both personal and professional goals. Volunteering in communities emphasizes the sense of belonging.  This sense of belonging comes from a shared sense of purpose.

This is our last of the ten lessons on Servant Leadership.  Hopefully, during these past ten weeks, you have found some lessons helpful in your quest to be a more servant leader.  The following tips are designed to further develop the skill of building community.

Lesson #1 – Communicate the Vision

~Clearly articulate the vision to others

~Position the vision by picturing success

~Be confident

Lesson #2 – Establish Commitment

~Define expectations

~Remove all doubt from the organization

~Provide support

Lesson #3 – Establish Trust

~Make known your commitment to the vision

~List the unknowns

~Assess worst case scenarios and their survivability

Lesson #4 – Include Others

~Listen, don’t judge

~Demonstrate responsiveness by responding directly

~Create an environment in which others feel safe and confident

*Pictured here are all 10 Servant Leader Traits*

Lesson #5 – Reflect, “Are You a 10?”

~Take the “Are You a 10?” Survey found in the Are You a Ten? The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader Workbook.


Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa is a mother, educator, and wife living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  She is a PhD student with Our Lady of the Lake University in Leadership Studies.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is currently researching the relationship between the leadership of the high school principal and the high school drop out rate.  This article is an excerpt from the self published book, Are You A Ten?  The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader. For ordering information, please contact Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa at Barb313679@aol.com.

Week 9 – Growth of People:  Are You Nurturing?

Growth can be personal or professional.  It just isn’t enough these days that organizations are providing employees with paychecks and vacations. People have intrinsic value and expect that they will be fulfilled both personally and professionally at their job.  The Servant Leader knows this and is committed to the growth of people.  Being interested in a person’s growth will usually result in more respect, dedication, and loyalty.  More importantly, it will develop a more productive, fulfilled, and effective contributor to the organization and society.

The Servant Leader is committed to the individual growth of others and will work intentionally to nurture them.  We should be reminded that the signs of outstanding leadership can be seen in the followers.  Are the followers reaching their potential?  Are the followers learning? Are the followers serving?  The Servant Leader actually serves as a follower who leads by modeling, teaching, and helping others to become better followers.  This process creates leadership based on stewardship and service as opposed to a direct leadership based on rules and hierarchy.

Nurturing and educating others is an ongoing process that promotes growth in people and organizations.  Fostering leadership at many levels is one of the Servant Leader’s main roles because the effective Servant Leader recognizes the responsibility to do everything possible to nurture the growth of employees and others.  Being committed to the growth of each individual within an institution will lead to the growth of the institution.  In addition, a leader’s own growth is facilitated by the growth of others.

A servant leader views leadership not as a position or status, but as an opportunity to serve others, to develop them to their full potential. We all have some growing to do, don’t you agree?  This week, let’s work on promoting growth in others.  Try some of the tips that follow and see how you can help others today.

Monday’s Lesson #1 – Motivate Your Staff

~a) Establish an Open Door Policy where anyone can meet with you to discuss issues

~b) Offer flexible scheduling to motivate employees to participate in growth activities

~c) Offer tuition reimbursement, if possible

Tuesday’s Lesson #2 – Create Opportunities to Learn

~a) Make written resources available to staff

~b) Encourage employees to use free time to read

~c) Sign up for mailing lists of organizations

Wednesday’s Lesson #3 – Set Goals

~a ) Make a finish line – then move it

~b) Set daily, weekly, and yearly goals

~c) Once a goal has been achieved, set a new one

Thursday’s Lesson #4 – Find the Silver Lining

~a) Realize and accept setbacks

~b) Help your staff learn from setbacks

~c) Recognize that setbacks are opportunities to improve

Friday’s Lesson #5 – Reflect

~a) Provide reflection time daily for your staff

~b) Reflection time should be focused on personal growth

~c) Review your goals and your timelines for accomplishing them

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Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa is a mother, educator, and wife living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  She is a PhD student with Our Lady of the Lake University in Leadership Studies.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is currently researching the relationship between the leadership of the high school principal and the high school drop out rate.  This article is an excerpt from the self published book, Are You A Ten?  The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader. For ordering information, please contact Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa at Barb313679@aol.com.

Most American schoolchildren can recount the tale of the first Thanksgiving, describing a lovely turkey dinner between some friendly Wampanoag “Indians” and well-meaning English colonists. The narrative always ends with heaping helpings of peace and harmony and pumpkin pie. That’s our story and we’re sticking with it.

Most of what is really known about that fateful dinner has been gleaned from two accounts written by colonists Edward Winslow, in 1621 and William Bradford in 1641. Both missives prove that the traditional vision of pilgrims and Native Americans, sitting around a long table, adorned with turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce is largely a myth. Apparently, the original feasters were merely thankful to be alive, relatively disease-free and lunching on whatever they happened to catch in the bushes on that particular day.

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Sharon is a community college administrator, former special education teacher, wife of 17 years and mother of two school-age children in northwest Houston. Her primary interests are family-inclusive culture and arts, travel, politics, historical literature, Texas Longhorns and all things Disney.  She writes for the Houston Examiner as a featured columnist.  We have been friends since ‘the crib days.’

 

Week 8 – Stewardship

How do we care for those things that matter most?  Stewardship is described as holding something in trust for another.  We all are stewards of those around us.  We are stewards of our family, our colleagues, our friends, and our organizations.  The art of Servant Leadership requires us to be stewards not only in terms of assets and legacies, but also of momentum, effectiveness, civility, and values.

Most people struggle with what stewardship actually means.  To some, it means budgeting and saving money.  To others it means developing financial independence.  However, stewardship simply means holding something in trust for another.   All members of an institution or organization should play significant roles in holding their institutions in trust. The Servant Leader cares for the well being of the institution by serving the needs of others in the institution for the greater good of society.  These leaders use collaboration, trust, and empathy in order to better serve others with the objective of enhancing the growth of those within the organization and increase teamwork and personal involvement.

The Servant Leader understands and embraces the need to make a contribution to society.  Through service, these leaders have the capacity to be a steward of the public good. Stewardship involves the leader’s personal responsibility to manage her/his life and affairs with proper regard for the rights of other people and for the common welfare of the organization and society.  Stewardship describes a commitment to serving the needs of others utilizing the use of openness and persuasion, rather than control.

You are invited to begin a new journey to stewardship by practicing the tips below this week.   We should all be asking ourselves what our role is in making the changes necessary to improve our organizations and ourselves.

Monday’s Lesson #1 – Work Smart

~Research opportunities for volunteers to contribute to your organization

~Treat employees like adults

~Write less, talk more

Tuesday’s Lesson #2 – Explore Nontraditional Funding

~Attend as many networking events as possible

~Plan cause oriented events

~Develop partnerships with service clubs

Wednesday’s Lesson #3 – Exploit Technology

~Rethink your business model for the 21st century

~Explore transitioning to eBusiness

~Investigate the importance of intangible assets

Thursday’s Lesson #4 – Save, Save, Save

~Anticipate future needs and save for them

~Don’t spend on short term indulgences with no thought of saving for upcoming needs

~Look for ways to save without reducing your giving

Friday’s Lesson #5 – Give, Give, Give

~Clean out your offices and donate old furniture and supplies that are no longer used

~Give wisely

~Select worthy causes that are directly related to your company’s mission and vision