The power of meaningful work and servant leadership
When an organization has principles beyond profit, the benefits can be tangible. The Business Journals contributor William Hyslop recently lamented how rare the servant leadership mindset has become today. (June 2, Hyslop) Dedicating an organization to a mission can bring employees together and give the business a coherent direction.
The author described the symbiosis between having a strong mission and being a servant leader dedicated to a particular purpose. Each concept needs the other to thrive. At a company with no guiding principle, a servant leader has nothing to direct his or her actions. A business that has an organizing mission but no dedicated servant leader may end up straying from its purpose.
Passion and integrity are positive values in managers, ones that make team members follow along and display lasting loyalty. Achieving these traits is easier when there is a clear goal other than maximum profit or self-advancement.
Companies begin with unique ideas, and those founding principles can give the organizations their own sense of character. Leaders who can’t clearly articulate a guiding mission or purpose should watch out, as their businesses may have lost a critical component keeping them strong and focused.
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