Servant Leadership: An Evolving Paradigm of Authentic Leadership

“Servant-leadership is more than a concept, it is a fact. Any great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself as a servant of that group and will act accordingly.” M. Scott Peck

Servant Leadership is not a way of aggrandizing ourselves or the position we hold. Even when the organization is one we built or started. Many leadership models are all about placing the leader on a pedestal. Making the leader the prime example of how to accomplish our goals, and fulfill our mission. Many organizations look for saviors when they are in trouble and many leaders can be set up to be the savior without knowing that is what they have agreed to. Keep in mind what we do to saviors on this planet. It rarely ends well.

Our last blog post introduced a perspective of Servant Leadership that we feel is not only beneficial to any organization, but fosters a culture of ethics and spirituality in a business setting. We looked at what are considered the principles of Servant Leadership and today we will look at the characteristics necessary to support those principles. Over the coming weeks we will take a more in depth look at each of these characteristics and how they relate to the principles themselves.

Here are the principles of servant leadership as defined by the Alliance for Servant Leadership are:

  • Transformation as a vehicle for personal and institutional growth.
  • Personal Growth as a route to better serve others.
  • Enabling Environments that empower and encourage service.
  • Service as a fundamental goal.
  • Trusting Relationships as a basic platform for collaboration and service.
  • Creating Commitment as a way to collaborative activity.
  • Community Building as a way to create environments in which people can trust each other and work together.
  • Nurturing the Spirit as a way to provide joy and fulfillment in meaningful work.

Here is what many consider the ten primary characteristics of servant based leadership:

1.     Listening

2.     Empathy

3.     Healing

4.     Awareness

5.     Persuasion

6.     Conceptualization

7.     Foresight

8.     Stewardship

9.     Commitment to the Growth of People

10.   Building Community

Even a quick scan of these characteristics leads to recognition of how closely aligned the concept of Servant Leadership and spirituality is aligned. With a few exceptions we find similarities between the aspects of living a spiritual life and leading any organization from the spiritual or servant based perspective. We want to once again remind the reader that our concept of a spiritual business is not necessarily one that profits from spiritual ideas or products. Any business can operate from sound spiritual principles and maintain their profitability regardless of their owner’s faith based belief system or lack thereof. This is not about pushing any one religion on your employees or proselytizing in any way.

The Inspired Business Center strives to facilitate leaders and organizations ability to provide spiritually based options to their employees and still maintains a healthy environment where everyone can get along regardless of where they spend their Sunday mornings. We truly are a place where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability meet and believe your organization can be served by emulating the practices and principles that have made us successful. Our goal is to encourage you to look at how spiritual principles and processes can serve you in creating the highest and best vision of your organization.

We understand how difficult it can be as a leader and or owner of a company. We understand that not everything we suggest will align with your current paradigm. We also understand that the business world is shifting. As leaders we are being called to shift with the rising tide of a new business paradigm. Servant Leadership is a concept whose time has come and we are fully prepared to support and serve you in determining what this new paradigm can mean for you and your organization.

We invite you to join us on this exploration of how Servant Based Leadership can serve your organization during the rising tide of Spirituality in Business. We can see well off to the horizon and we know the swell is coming. We still remember the old saying that a rising tide lifts all boats. We invite you to join our fleet of boats and enjoy the collaborative atmosphere at The Inspired Business Center. Call today and learn how you can schedule a complimentary session with us. Together we can explore how you can be prepared for the cresting wave of Spirituality in Business.

Until Next Time,



Robert Brzezinski is an expert team member of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems. You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting:



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