As a heart centered servant leader your focus is to be a positive, inspiring leader to others. A good leader does not judge or assume, instead they seek clarity and understanding, asking the right questions instead rushing to judgment, assumptions or assigning blame.
It is helpful to remember that you lead by encouragement and inspiration, not by fear and control. In the long run, we are not going to change people through our efforts at maintaining power over them. We can only invite others to get on board with us by asking for their opinions and help and, ultimately, letting go and trusting them to make good decisions.
The foundation of any relationship is trust. Without trust there is no real connection. Without connection, you lack respect and openness, without these key relationship ingredients a healthy relationship can’t exist. Each part of the leadership model supports and builds on its self.
Leadership lies in one’s ability to stop, go inward, and reflect on the course of action that you know is the right one, rather than succumbing to external pressures and circumstances. This sometimes requires making the hard right decision versus the easy wrong one.
Heart centered servant leaders are more equipped to connect with the emotional needs of the people they serve and lead. They understand that people want to be valued, respected, listened to and involved.
This leadership style requires determination and daily commitment to practice these core principles.