Servant leaders allow and expect others to lead believing that all can be effective leaders and effective followers. By sharing leadership, we empower others to step up and share their ideas (vision) to boldly act toward these ideas (action) to recruit others to the cause (mobilization) to create a new reality (change).
We allow others to lead.
There are four key functions of leading; Vision, Action, Mobilization and Change. Leading involves seeing a preferred future, taking bold action to move toward the new reality, mobilizing others to join with you together to create change to move the world.
Servant leaders do not accept lone-ranger success over team accomplishment. They encourage friendships and provide forums for these relationships to emerge and deepen. As Desmond Tutu states “a person is a person through other persons.” In other words, we each become more fully ourselves and are able to reach our potential only as we relate well with other people.
Servant leaders are serious about empowering others to become both servants and leaders. They are more open to failure in others (and themselves) since they know that failure is often a pathway to success, learning and growth. The learning mindset of a servant leader leads them to different kinds of questions.