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Servant Leadership model- leadership style of George Washington
Some people believe that leaders have the ability to lead from the time of birth. This could be true; however, not necessarily the reality on the ground. Additionally, there are different types of leaders depending on their leading requirements and personal attributes. There are dictatorial leaders, directing and commanding leaders, as well as, serving leaders. In description, servant-leadership is leadership, which is a way of being in relationship with others. It seeks to involve and incorporate the followers or employees at all levels in decision-making, strongly adhering to ethical and caring behavior, hence enhances the individual growth of all followers or workers and their performance in the work place. As a young man, President George Washington exhibited admiration of rules and wanted to be a gentle man, this is the basis of his civility and decent behavior (Edwards & Kelley, 2009).
The Leaders Profile
The optimum motivation for leadership is the desire to serve; hence, leaders should take the position of servant in their relations with the followers and workers. George Washington stands out, without question, as one of the greatest leaders in the United States. It is rare to find leaders who can pull off what President Washington did in his tenure during the American Revolution (Edwards & Kelley, 2009). The conditions of the country at the time were largely wanting, causing a significant disadvantage for the American armies, yet with all this ill-equipped and largely outnumbered army, he endured the hardships and disappointments to come out successful. George Washington helped the country from its infantry to navigate through its formative years. This was when dictatorial leadership had root in the neighboring nations, and all over the world, yet George chose to be different. He championed for civilian authority over the empowerment of the armed forces and presided over the constitutional convention. It is possibly, true to say that, there has not been an American leader quite like George Washington; the nation's first serving president.
What makes him a servant leader?
Washington's leadership record began in his service in the French and Indian War, a conflict that he played a key role in igniting. His eagerness, ambitiousness and the lack of experience at the time put him in trouble- such as at Fort Necessity. However, as he continued, other qualities emerged, which foreshadowed his rise to greatness. The qualities that exhibit his leadership include persistence in which he encountered others to put on the battle with motivation (Greenstein, 2011). Despite his troubles such as at Fort Necessity, he did not resign himself to failure; instead, he encouraged his troops to pursue on other endeavors of redemption for the country, hence showing his quality of leadership. George is incredibly brave, which enabled him to take risks that protected his armies. For instance, during the infamous Braddock's March and defeat, his men were mistakenly firing at each other, yet he took courage and worked in between taking four bullet holes in his uniform and a dead horse, hence ample testimony of how his courage saved his men from killing each other unknowingly. This is selfless service considering the risk faced.
Additionally, George had the quality of organization. In servant leadership, the leader initiates actions that organize his followers and make them safe as well as takes care of their immediate needs. After the Braddock's defeat, Washington went to Virginia to protect citizens from Indian attack (Greenstein, 2011). These years were quite frustrating; however, he contended with matters of supply, morale of followers, discipline and communication within his contingent and the civilians on a regular basis. He showed his organizational skills in service during this experience at the front of an eminent battle. For instance, he took issue with the fact that his armies did not get fair pay and poor supplies, which took a toll on their morale creating dangerous times of unrest. However, Washington's charismatic presence, moral strength and political maneuvering ability kept the army from rebelling against the civilian government and the revolution turning into civil unrest.
His role in the Constitutional Convention is indispensable as he played a pivotal role in the rectification of the document. Through this constitution, he navigated the country through the remarkably turbulent times, positioning the country to become the world's leading superpower (Greenstein, 2011). Of his leadership quality, his moral character is the greatest. Despite the opportunity to seize power and become dictatorial at the end of the war, Washington refused even when seizing full power would keep the army from rebelling; he sought other means, supporting the support for the official government. After the signing of the peace treaty with Britain, he resigned his commission in 1783, and handed control of the military to the United States Congress formally; this is one of the extremely few times in history that a leader walked away from such immense power voluntarily. However, years later, he returned as the president of the United States, through which he ruled. As president, he served diligently, aware of his shortcomings, he did not make rush decisions. He was also deliberating and decisive, making consultations with those around him and his advisors before making decisions affecting the people. He was also visionary for the country, which helped him offer a selfless service to the nation at all ranks of his service.
The benefit of servant leadership on the leader's profile
Among the benefits associated with servant leadership that helped shape George Washington's career and profile is foresight. As a leader, servant leadership helped him foresee likely outcomes of certain issues, such as what a rebelling army would cause, hence guiding him to keep them from rebelling. Additionally, he foresaw in his vision for the country, hence guiding him to work towards the success of the nation and not his individual gain. Secondly, servant leadership put stewardship in his profile (Greenstein, 2011). He entrusted himself with the needs of his army and the people he led, hence offering exemplary and quality leadership, making him the famous hero today. Servant leaders exhibit conceptualization, which guides them to nature their abilities and those around them, a character that shapes the life of service of George Washington (Savage & Honeycutt, 2011). As a servant leader, persuasion is the greatest tool of authority rather than personal authority of command. Washington exhibits great persuasion qualities, persuading the armies not to rebel and playing a pivotal role while at the head of the Constitutional Convention. Personal awareness strengthens the leader and George was aware of his limitations, which helped him consult regularly, seeking others opinions and guiding others. Lastly, another servant leadership benefit is the commitment to the growth of the people and the community. George cared for his armies, understanding their grievances, however, he also realized the implication of rebellion on the greater United States community, and thus he focused on guiding the two groups to growth and larger, stronger relations.
Organizations and servant leadership
Servant leadership sounds contradictory in view of organization leadership requirements. However, due to the benefits therein, and quality it bequeaths on the organization, servant leadership is a principle approach that managements are increasingly employing. As servant leadership entails establishing a series of relationships, organizations that encompass different departments and vast characters of employees can largely benefit from servant leadership (Savage & Honeycutt, 2011). Servant leadership in the organization will combine well with the theory Y in which the leader's role is to develop the abilities of the employees. Employees have potential, skills, and visions that can work to the advantage of the organization. Therefore, it is only through servant leadership that the organization can tap into these positive attributes of the employees. The organization can make greater…