Servant Leadership in The Workplace

Fact or Myth: Employees may take advantage of me if I strive to express people-centric beliefs and maintain high standards in the work place. Unexpectedly, this is a myth.

An article posted in The Washington Post written by Edward Hess introduces this myth and a solution. The solution is Servant Leadership.

Robert K. Greenleaf defines Servant Leadership as, “Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations, and ultimately creates a more just and caring world”.

Servant Leadership is not just a skill to have, but a challenge to accomplish. Continuously, those who try to strive as Servant Leaders are challenged to set practices and commit to them. For example, they do not devalue people. They know that their employees need to trust them, and without trust there would be inconsistency in high employee commitment and performance.

Recently, Maureen Hurd was featured in the Christian Business Leadership Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran College, she was given the opportunity to discuss how she strives to be a Servant Leader. Maureen, President of Core Business Solution, does this by motivating herself to combine her faith and work seamlessly.

“I know God is my CEO and I want to honor him in what I do. That is my motivation and model for running my business with integrity and a high level of professionalism.”

“When it comes to the clients I work with, I always try to put myself in their shoes as it relates to the hiring needs they have. How will my work and talent recommendations effect their company? When it comes to the professionals I work with, I try to look at the opportunities I am recruiting for from their perspective. How will this career and company positively impact their career goals, financial goals, and family?”

During the Business Leader Summit Maureen was asked: As a business leader, can you share what you have learned about the power of attitude and its impact on your business, employees, and clients?

“I completely agree that we are responsible for our attitude. I have found that when I am consistently in God’s Word, my attitude remains positive and in check. I know having that foundation helps to deal with all the challenges of a work day and then I won’t get derailed towards negativity or anger.”

“I also believe owning your attitude means owning your health. When I eat right and work out on a regular basis, it helps to keep my mind right. When you feel good about yourself, you tend to have a more positive attitude. I want to be a good example not only to my family but to the people I come in contact with throughout my workday.”

Whether the daily tasks faced are big or small everyone is faced with the challenges of becoming successful Servant Leaders. Fortunately, with challenges come rewards, and Maureen Hurd is an exceptional example of reaching Servant Leadership in her career.

To learn more about Maureen Hurd and her executive recruiting firm, Core Business Solutions, visit the About Us Page.

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