Allison Miller posted in FB “If you are leading and no-one is following you are just going out for a walk” #acpet
Can we lead without any one following? Why not?
Would leading by going out for a walk be a healthy exercise?
In wikipedia on servant leadership:
Dr. Kent Keith, author of The Case for Servant Leadership and the current CEO of the Greenleaf Center, states that servant leadership is ethical, practical, and meaningful. He identifies seven key practices of servant leaders: self-awareness, listening, changing the pyramid, developing your colleagues, coaching not controlling, unleashing the energy and intelligence of others, and foresight. James Sipe and Don Frick, in their book The Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership, state that servant-leaders are individuals of character, they put people first, they are skilled communicators, they are compassionate collaborators, they use foresight, they are systems thinkers, and they exercise moral authority.
Unlike leadership approaches with a top-down hierarchical style, servant leadership instead emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. At heart, the individual is a servant first, making the conscious decision to lead in order to better serve others, not to increase their own power. The objective is to enhance the growth of individuals in the organization and increase teamwork and personal involvement.
That’s servant leadership, where we serve in our “leading” role, especially in a networked learning environment. The best leaders are anonymous, when the “followers” all respond to the leadership “call”: “we have done it through the leadership spirit where every one is leading”. Such leaders won’t need the fame, the honour, because they know their followers and their followers recognise them. Such leaders are altruistic, and always strive hard to serve others, not for their benefits, but others. This is reflected in religious leaders – Jesus, Buddha.
Would it be better to lead without any one following you? Because your “followers” know that they don’t have to follow you to be leaders! They serve others instead and they are practising leadership. Would that be the leadership at its best, not being served or followed – but serving others?
They would be respected.
See also my previous post on servant leadership.
How would servant leadership be applied in education, in on-line learning and social networking?
Have you found any servant leaders in education? Who are they? What do they have in common?