Northouse, P.G. If they don’t, do what you can to assist them, whether that’s adding a new team member or … Ten Principles of Servant Leadership By Robert Greenleaf. Lt Col seems like an exceptional leader and he clearly fits many of the aspects of servant leadership. Your point that servant leadership actually might work because the leaders in the military come from within the military. We also have the Soldier’s Creed that reinforces the commitment to these values:  “I am an American Soldier. Clearly, servant leadership would not have been effective on improving his performance and would have taken valuable time away from the development of other subordinates who were more receptive to that leadership style. Stewardship addresses the ownership of the leadership role and fully accepting the responsibility it carries to manage the people and organization with the utmost care and consideration (Northouse, 2016). Servant-leaders must reinforce these important skills by making a deep commitment to listening intently to others. If they don’t, do what you can to assist them, whether that’s adding a new team member or … Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 1220-1233. So albeit not in a classroom setting, we do get some sort of servant leadership training. Once clear understanding is achieved, the higher level commander then becomes the servant by doing everything possible to enable the success of the subordinate commanders to meet that intent. This constant leadership changeover helps in limiting toxic leadership while spreading servant leadership. When done well, this intent facilitates a shared understanding of what is in the mind of the commander. My mentor Perry Smith (Major General, US Air Force, Retired) calls it “squinting with your ears.”. By making the growth and development of the follower the priority, this should be the first thing to measure regarding the effectiveness of the leadership style. You cannot help anyone if you do not listen with the intent of understanding.

Servant‐leaders rely on persuasion, rather than positional authority in making decisions.

On that day 1,215 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines raised their right hand and pledged to continue defending the land of the free in the largest reenlistment ceremony since the all-volunteer military was established in July 1973. Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). The origin of the term sergeant is from the Latin serviens, which means one who serves. Understanding one’s own power relates closely to the characteristics of empowering that Northouse describes (p 235). Northouse, P. G. (2016). A servant leader prioritizes the team’s growth and well-being, letting their own needs and ambition take a backseat. Working together creates a more powerful community by providing strength to weaker parties in need of support to achieve common goals of the organization. PSYCH 485 Lesson 9: Team Leadership. However, I also believe that the US civilization would and could not exist without the support of the US Army. However, they serve to communicate the power and promise this concept offers. Despite this common value, not all leaders (or followers) are the personification of selfless. However, this is exactly how the military trains its leaders. Another idea is that by developing other effective servant leaders, the leader is creating a team of people that can trust each other in getting their own work done, so that he can continue to focus on other things like training or developing other leaders and functional experts (PSU WC, 2019, L. 11). According to our lesson text, team development relates to the maintenance of the team, and the functions include shaping a positive climate, solving interpersonal problems and increasing group cohesion (PSU WC, 2019, L. 9). Like you, I have also been in the Air Force for nearly two decades and always find myself comparing the things I learn in a classroom environment while trying to diagnose situations to apply what I think would be the best approach. The book will be available in early 2018.

I believe the servant leadership environment created by soldiers of all ranks was a principal contributor. General Officers and Command Sergeant Majors) do an excellent job of conceptualizing.

7 Surprising facts you probably don’t know about the US Army. Leadership: Theory and Practice (7th ed.). For instance, the inception of females in the infantry. He definitely displays the listening characteristic of a servant leader. It is clear that the performance evaluations in the Air Force are already measuring the leadership outcomes that benefit from the servant leadership approach. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.” Sergeants are the leaders of the enlisted branch of the army. Servant leaders have the ability to look at a problem from a conceptualising perspective, meaning they are able to think beyond the day-to-day realities of their work.

It preserves our principles and helps us achieve success (Northouse, 2016). I remember writing these valuable intent statements. Equal opportunity is an annually training all soldiers have to go through. This concept is misunderstood and somewhat confusing as the words servant and leadership are together. In the Army’s standard mission orders process, there is a specific place for what is called commander’s intent. In his conversations with others I’ve also seen how he often reflects empathetic behaviors. To volunteer to willingly give up one’s life for a greater cause is perhaps the most profound example of servant leadership. In the army, succession planning is everyone’s job, every day. To summarize how soldiers and their comrades in other services feel about serving in uniform, allow me to highlight a profound day in our recent military history. This seems rather intuitive for any style of leadership, but it means that servant leadership cannot be universally applied to all followers without a better understanding of their leadership expectations.

They drive home the commitment to serve fellow soldiers and our nation, both greater causes than ourselves. Non-army personnel believe that command and control is exercised daily by those with the highest rank. Trust is enabled when troops are honest with each other and hold each other accountable. Retrieved November 8, 2015, from, Leadership Behaviors. The core values, especially ethical behavior, establishes a good baseline for new recruits and is endorsed in most senior leaders. How much these characteristics are focused on often depends on the mission and the individual leader’s preferences, style and motivations.

No matter how you look at it, the servant leadership model is the perfect model for any church ministry, including that of audio production.

Although from personal experience, I can attest that many of the followers that voluntarily enforce or adhere to this “norm” generally do so as a sign of respect or common courtesy – both of which are common societal “norms.” The U.S Armed Forces are full of countless outstanding examples of servant leadership that mirror the generally preferred societal behaviors. When soldiers know their leaders have their backs, they trust them and will do anything for them. Proof of servant leadership principles are exemplified in the words of the NCO Creed. It was quite astonishing to see how the behaviors of a single individual could have such an impact on a group.

Sharing power and goals of the organization will allow subordinates to work towards the same conception of success by using the same resources by all members.

Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. Szoldra, Paul (2017). (2016). Organizations that want to build a culture with servant leadership should be careful when selecting people. Northouse (2015) advises to seek out individuals that are interested in and capable of building long-term relationships with followers (p 242). Nowhere it is more critical to demonstrate the care for soldiers then when tragedy strikes. I learned when something tragic happens to a soldier, go to them and the home of their family. But enough with the definitions, let’s look at the principles of servant leadership put forth by Mr. Greenleaf. Their ability and competency to value what is best for their people, earns them the title of servant leader (Northouse, 2016).

That is not to say that most military leaders don’t care about their subordinates; most do at least some extent. However, his caring seemed absolutely genuine and it was supported by his repeated demonstration of selfless communications and actions. The impact of servant leadership on organizational performance is dependent on whether followers are receptive to this style of leadership (Northouse, 2016).

Servant leadership embodies the core Army Value of selfless service. He told me how he worries how some of his responsibilities to the organization as a whole will cause him to neglect his subordinates and their needs. Retrieved from–15196/content/11_lesson/printlesson.html.

It shows he spends more of his cognitive ability to think about what others are saying (i.e. He displayed an overly caring style of leadership to which I was not accustom in the military, where he seemed to genuinely care about the wellbeing of each member of the group. During the norming state, which I would suggest happens every time someone new comes in, such as your Lt Col, the leader needs to focus on group maintenance behaviors in order to improve group cohesiveness. Leadership Theory and Practice Seventh Edition. Other characteristics such as conceptualization, awareness and foresight are solid skills to have on the battlefield, in the boardroom and life in general. Ensure your team members have all the support, knowledge, skills and resources that they need to do their jobs. All that said, I wonder could or should servant leadership be more widely considered throughout the Air Force. By saying this to me, the Lt Col demonstrated how he gives careful consideration to balance his responsibilities to the organization and the people that count on him to lead the way for our group.

Spears (2010) suggests effective servant leaders should reinforce their communication and decision-making skills with “a deep commitment to listening intently to others” (para. Stewardship is not unique to the Army or servant leadership as it is more broadly an expectation of followers as well as those that appoint someone to a leadership position. When I started reading your post I thought that servant leadership wasn’t really a thing in the military. This is why it is important to consider the receptivity of the follower in order to enhance the overall effectiveness of servant leadership on the organization and the follower. LESSON 1:  COMMIT TO LEAD BY OATHS, VALUES, AND CREEDS, New soldiers take an oath when enlisting in the army: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”. Ehrhart, M. G. (2004).