As we settle into the new year, it is worth taking a closer look at your leadership style and strategies. In today’s rapidly changing world, companies need leaders who can adapt and navigate the complexities of modern business.
That’s where the servant leader, also known as the hedgehog leader, shines. If you haven’t read ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins, where the hedgehog leader concept originates, I highly recommend you do so.
At its core, servant leadership is about putting the needs of your team first. Rather than focusing solely on the bottom line, servant leaders prioritise the well-being and growth of their employees. They create a culture of trust, respect, and collaboration, empowering their teams to reach their full potential.
Why is this leadership style so effective? For one, it’s highly adaptable. Servant leaders recognise that every team is different, and they adjust their approach to fit the needs and goals of each individual group. They’re flexible and open-minded, able to pivot quickly as new challenges arise.
Additionally, servant leaders are highly attuned to the needs of their team members. They take the time to listen and understand what their employees are going through, both professionally and personally. This empathy creates a sense of belonging and purpose that is essential for a happy and productive workplace.
Finally, servant leaders are highly focused on achieving long-term goals. By investing in their employees and building a strong team culture, they create a foundation for sustained success. This style also helps with short-term results by taking responsibility for failure and giving credit for success to their team – not taking it for themselves.
Of course, this style of leadership isn’t a silver bullet. It takes time, effort, and a genuine commitment to your team’s well-being. But for companies looking to build a resilient, adaptive, and successful organisation, the servant leader is a powerful choice.
So as we look ahead to the coming year, let’s remember the importance of putting our people first. Let’s prioritise empathy, collaboration, and long-term thinking. And let’s embrace the hedgehog leader as the best management style for 2023 and beyond.
Levels Growth Consultants
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