Are You Nurturing? by Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

Posted: November 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

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



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


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