Career Habits: Practice servant leadership

habit 6

In Bryan Oliver’s Book Habits: Create What You Need to Succeed in Life he discusses 10 habits that you can develop to succeed in life. Here’s my discussion on each of the ten habits.

Habit number six “practice servant leadership.”  He explains “a leader’s success is defined by their ability to help others find the servant leader in them.”  But what does that mean? Gandhi states that a “good leader creates more leaders.”

But again what does all that mean?  That we must spark everyone’s leadership inside them.  Does everyone want to be a leader?  Essentially we all yearn to lead ourselves.  We want to be more than just another cog in the system.

Leadership is not about a title, leading a project nor is it just in the workplace.  Leadership is everywhere.  It is taking the lead when something needs to be done.

How do you practice this if you have no “leeway” at work? Here’s some simple practices to apply and develop your leadership skills.

  • Take ownership of your actions, both the good and the bad.   Share your wins with your coworkers and leadership, do not be afraid to shine. If you fall short, be sure to acknowledge it, fix it and work on doing it better next time.
  • Praise others, we all could appreciate the work others do.  This could be for us, for another staff or even a customer.  If you see something worthy of praise, praise that person! it will brighten up their day.
  • Be innovative, do you have ideas on how to make something better?  Share that with your leadership.  Managers and directors may have ideas, but yours, the employees are just as great if not better since you are doing the work.
  • Be efficient, did you find a way to do something faster?  Instead of complaining that the “old way” takes too long, share how you found a faster way to do it.  Both your manager and coworkers will appreciate it.

How will you begin using Habit #6 in your workplace?

The book link is below if you are interested in reading Bryan Oliver’s Book Habits: Create What You Need to Succeed in Life

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