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Nathan Jensen Page 1 OLS 274 Friday, 4.30 May 11, 2009
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Nathan Jensen Page 2 Introduction Management is one of the key factors in running a business. Having efficient management is the key factor to making a business successful. Most anyone can command others and give orders. That type a personality is not hard to come by. Having an effective manager or leader is difficult. There is little or no skill involved in handing out responsibilities, which is what some managers only do. Managers that have the skills to create an autonomous environment in the work place are very valuable. Those managers are defined by helping those that need guidance, with anything to get them working toward a common goal. Helping your followers, as in servant leadership, reach a common goal through listening and using input from them is important. Changing the original plan and adapting to the situation is a leadership style used by many people that also improves the work environment. Situational and Servant leadership are both very good leadership styles that anyone can use. Discussion of Servant Leadership Robert Greenleaf, the founder of servant leadership believed that being a servant first, beyond all other characteristics, is most important. Providing insight for others is a quality that should be held. Using all available abilities you have to complete the task at hand is part of the foundation of servant leadership. Trusting a person completely, as a leader, should not be possible without prior knowledge and trusting of their skills as a servant. It compares to driving a car. You would not hand the keys over to someone that you did not have prior knowledge of their driving skills. There is a base built on good character, morals, trust, and the ability to help others. Without this foundation there is not further growth as a leader. You must start at the bottom and work your way up. You should not automatically be the leader because you are simply appointed. To be a servant leader you must use good judgment in everything you do.
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Nathan Jensen Page 3 Using these simple tools can help build the base one needs to continue to grow as a servant leader. Serving others is the most important feature of a great leader. The main focus of a servant leader is fulfillment of others, of which are normally followers, through serving them. It is a coaching of learning how to think out side the box. There is a goal in mind, and anything to help achieve that goal will be the primary target for the servant leader (Kiechel). Recognizing those leaders who display these characteristics can be difficult. The leaders that can help others develop into more useful people are the ones who should be viewed as leaders. These leaders are the same people who should be followed. Those who wish to be servant leaders are those who have goals in mind (Greenleaf). The
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course OLS 252 taught by Professor Dahlstrom during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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