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Traditional leadership often involves accumulating and exercising power by someone “at the top of the pyramid.” Servant leaders, on the other hand, put the needs of others first. They’re not worried about title or position. They focus on getting important things done through the development of others.
My friend Stephen R. Covey gave us a treasure trove of wisdom about human performance. One of his most enlightening aphorisms was “accountability breeds response-ability.”
If you’ve ever waited for hours to be seen in the ER or been surprised by a sky-high medical bill, you’re probably familiar with the shortcomings of the U.S. healthcare system. As BYU Marriott School of Business professor Bill Tayler put it, “The healthcare crisis our world faces is not a medicinal crisis — it’s a business crisis. The industry itself needs healing.”
Doesn’t it make sense that women who arrive at the top in the workplace should be able to thrive at the top? Sure. But too often they’re regarded as lucky if they merely survive. So, in today’s workplace reality, what does it take for women to flourish in leadership roles?
“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader,” Eleanor Roosevelt said. “A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” That simple statement underscores what’s needed in a world where many people feel overmanaged and underled.
For some, trust sounds and feels like a spiritual issue. It is. And even for people who may not regard themselves as “religious,” trust is an all-important anchor. As Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”