In a world often driven by the pursuit of success, true leaders recognize the importance of living a life of significance. As leaders, we at times measure our success by accomplishments and accolades.
However, it is leading a life of significance that is rooted in the impact of others and seeing the change we bring about that is the true value of leadership, right?
John Maxwell, the number one leadership expert in the world today, emphasizes the importance of servant leadership in prioritizing significance over
mere success. By adopting a servant leadership mindset, leaders can positively influence their teams and communities, leaving a lasting legacy in their leadership journeys.
Here are three ways to focus on significance through a servant leadership mindset.
Create a Heart of Service:
At the core of servant leadership lies a genuine desire to serve others. This begins with a mindset shift, acknowledging that leadership is not about exerting authority, but about selflessly supporting and uplifting those around you. John Maxwell aptly stated, "Leadership is not about being in charge. It is about taking care of those in your charge." This is so true!
As leaders we need to embrace humility and empathy, actively seeking opportunities to understand the needs and aspirations of those you lead.. By putting their interests first, you create an environment that fosters growth and enables individuals to reach their full potential.
Build Relationships and Trust:
Servant leaders understand that strong relationships are the foundation of success. Take the time to build authentic connections with the people you lead. How do you do this? You start by Investing in meaningful conversations, actively listening to others concerns and providing guidance and support. You build trust through consistency, transparency, and keeping promises. By demonstrating trustworthiness and valuing the opinions and contributions of others, you empower them to take ownership and become invested in the overall success of the work, the project, the goal and the mission.
Encourage Growth and Development:
A servant leader understands the importance of investing in the growth and development of those they lead. Leaders need to create a culture that encourages continuous learning and provides opportunities for not just professional growth, but personal growth as well. Offer mentorship and coaching to help individuals overcome challenges and unlock their potential. By investing in the growth of others, you not only create a more productive and capable team but also leave a lasting impact on their lives.
While success is often measured by accomplishments and material gains, significance is a rich foundation of leadership that is meaningful work to those you lead. Servant leadership offers a powerful framework for leaders to focus on the greater purpose of making a positive impact on the lives of others. By creating a heart of service, building relationships, and encouraging growth and development, leaders can create a legacy that extends far beyond personal achievements. As you continue on your leadership journey, remember that significance lies not just in success but in the lives you touch and the positive change you bring about. Go out into the world and lead a SIGNIFICANT life!