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7 Reasons Why Servants Are Better in Leadership

7 Reasons Why Servants Are Better in Leadership

Great leadership starts at the top but those people did not just appear. They were once individual contributors who demonstrated one or more trait that caused others to want to follow them. As Jeff Boss discussed in his article, “How Servant Leaders Fill the Gap“, these people stepped in and filled a gap to make others believe in them as helpers genuinely concerned about the success of others.

It was more than the expertise, brilliance, assertiveness and/or finances that made people want to flock to them. The attraction to their leadership style was the ability to influence others based on the following 7 reasons:

1. Empathy

People who serve others are non-judgmental and respectful of others’ challenges and circumstances. They have an understanding of how obstacles can be overcome. They find a way to help others get through the roadblocks as if it was their personal experience. It is important to those who serve others to be the person that is called upon in the time of need.

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This establishes the trust that this person will not reveal confidential information and will give helpful advice. Solid leadership is exhibited by those who have empathy which translates to a natural influence over others.

2. Reality

People who help others are not out of touch with reality. They are not hung up on themselves with a false ego that makes them unlikable or unreachable. When you are focused on helping others, it is not about you; it is about the person(s) you are serving.

There are enough frauds in the world. Those who serve have to be real with the ones they are serving. It provides the unequivocal relaxed atmosphere needed to be genuine and transparent in a safe environment. Leaders who have operated in this fashion as servants create the trusted environment for others to be comfortable with their vision and strategy.

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3. Humility

Carrying someone’s bags, coat, purse, briefcase, coffee, meal, etc. is considered a privilege for those who are grateful for the opportunity to serve someone with a higher professional, political or financial status. Humility will cause you to roll up the sleeves, get dirty, stay up all night, work on the weekend and do whatever it takes to complete a job to your satisfaction.

Servant leadership puts the needs of the organization over the needs of the leader. Leaders who remain humble are focused on the outcome of the organization and team and will risk themselves to uplift the group for success. The people who eventually follow this leadership regime are trustworthy and reliable.

4. Focus

Focus is key in making sure others are taken care of in any capacity. There can’t be distractions that keep the servant away from serving the individual to the fullest needs. Servants will often be in the midst of the positive and negative discussions regarding those they serve. Servants have to weed out the noise and focus on the task. Great leadership ignores the noise and is not distracted from the purpose.

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5. Detail-Oriented

Servants are mini project managers and understand what it takes to accomplish anything assigned to them. This translates well into leadership because these future leaders will understand what tasks need to happen and the right people capable of handling them. Further these people know when oversight is needed. Be careful with this one because good leadership will also force accurate reasoning to scale back and delegate to others.

6. Work Ethic

Whatever it takes! No sleeping, eating, extracurricular activities, phone conversations, Internet browsing or company picnics/gatherings is an accepted mantra in the servant’s perspective. The respect for the work is more important than any other accolade.

The servant that cannot be outworked is the leader who will not be outworked and will have high expectations to outperform himself. He thrives off of the competition with himself to be better in every aspect. Leadership viewed as dependent upon hard working individuals is highly respected. By default, it causes others to work hard as well.

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7. Self-Discipline

There will be downtime and free time. The servant knows how to balance that correctly to get ahead of the needs of those being served. Self-discipline increases the foresight of anticipation. This can counteract any issues that can be the result of last-minute and potentially chaotic decision-making. Great leaders know the difference between right and wrong and good and bad and will implement the self-discipline required to balance effectively to ensure there are minimal crises.

Leadership is in your future with these seven transferable skills. If you are helping or serving someone right now, this is just the start from the bottom to soon be on top!

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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