Servant leadership is leadership where leaders serve their subordinates in an organization where leaders can be able to help with the responsibilities and duties associated with their subordinates (Northouse, 2013). Servant leadership is aimed at encouraging and motivating staff members in serving others which results in improved performance by the group members in the organization (Northouse, 2013). Christian servant leaders are determined in serving others without any forced obligation. They do not serve others based on enacted policies rather through the inner desire to offer their services, which can be copied as good examples by others (Northouse, 2013).
A Christian servant leader is a leader who puts the needs of the other group members before his/her needs and ensures that the needs are addressed first (Northouse, 2013). This is different from someone who is not a servant leader whose main objective may involve ensuring that goals are achieved without the consideration of the other staff members’ their needs which are attributed to the performance of the organization. Majority of individuals who are not a servant leaders may help a staff member if there is a personal gain related to the need (Northouse, 2013).
Servant leadership is also compatible with other religions, which can include the Muslim religion where they Muslims help the needy by distributing food and clothing items to the poor, which is a sign of servant leadership (Northouse, 2013). This generous act is meant to help and empower the needy even though the individuals would not have any benefit to gain from the act (Northouse, 2013). Some of the personalities of servant leadership are empathy and community empowerment, which is seen in these generous acts done by the Muslims during the month of Ramadan. The teachings of Muhammad also teach servant leadership by religious leaders to other members of the society regardless member’s race and religion. This teaching believes that a good leader is the one who serves the people he/she has been appointed to lead (Northouse, 2013).
Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice. Los Angeles: Sage.