Trust or Position

Servant leadership is a popular term thrown around leadership circles. What does it actually look like and why would anyone choose to be a servant leader? Many leaders are just fine with giving orders and expecting them to be followed. If people underperform they are replaced eventually. Leadership based on trust has a fundamental difference in that it refuses to use position to influence people toward a goal. Trust-based leadership relies on teamwork. The leaders build trust with the team by being a great teammate before expecting the rest of the team to be obedient. Pulling the “boss card” is leading through position and robs the trust the team has in its leader.

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