Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business. This week I’m doing something a little different.
In this post, I point you some reading lists and articles about servant leadership.
“THROUGH THE PAGES of Servant Leadership in Action, we get a clearer picture of what servant leadership is and isn’t. Editors Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell have collected some good essays on the subject.”
“As part of my research for the recent Servant Leadership Online Training Summit, I reviewed scores of servant leadership books and resources. I was humbled by the accumulated wisdom in all of them. When my colleagues asked me to put together a list of my favorites, it was hard to pick just 10! But I put together this list as a resource for anyone interested in deepening their understanding and practice of servant leadership.”
“I’d like to add two more books to this list [David Marshall’s] that I’ve found to be helpful. Number 11 will help aspiring leaders get it right on the inside by examining beliefs and behaviors that might be getting in their way. Number 12 will help people get it right on the outside by sharing practical strategies leaders can use in their day-to-day management practices.”
“I recently interviewed Blanchard on the LEADx Leadership Show, where we discussed his views on servant leadership and how we can practice it in the everyday workplace. (The interview below has been lightly edited for space and clarity.)”
From Jay Sullivan: The Irony Of Servant Leadership – A Position Of Strength Born From A Position Of Humility
“Every day in the news we see and hear about leaders – leaders in politics, in business, in the arts, in education. We see young leaders advocating for changes in gun laws. We see women leading our nation toward an end to abusive, predatory behavior by men in power. We see people in power leading with a variety of styles and approaches. With so many examples of leadership, it’s important to analyze what seems to resonate best with those around us. Leadership isn’t about a title; it’s about the way we approach each other, treat each other, get people behind our ideas and move forward.”
“Humility and servant leadership do not imply that leaders have low self-esteem, or take on an attitude of servility. Instead, servant leadership emphasizes that the responsibility of a leader is to increase the ownership, autonomy, and responsibility of followers — to encourage them to think for themselves and try out their own ideas.”
Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Skip Prichard’s Leadership Insights.