52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust
A book with so many practical tips just needs a book tip, doesn’t it? Effective leadership is an influence process, in whih leaders implement commonsense approaches. It is these everyday practices that help people and organizations thrive. And still, many of these fundamental principles are still missing from most workplaces. Readers will discover profound, memorable, and in some cases counterintuitive leadership wisdom such as:
- Who should make the first move to extend trust
- What role a successful apology plays in building trust
- When to use different strokes (leadership styles)
- Where the most important part of leadership happens
- How to create autonomy through boundaries
- Why the key to developing people is catching them doing something right
This is what liked the most:
- Servant leaders turn the traditional pyramid on its head. They trust their teams and employees and give them all the power they need.
- Leadership starts with trust. It can be learned and developed. Leaders take the first step to build trust.
- It’s not about you. Humility, vulnerability and admitting your own mistakes are key.
In short: And in case you wonder why there are 52 topics in the book: to improve one thing every week for a year to become a better leader.
A fun, easy read that will make a positive difference in leadership and organizational success.
About the Authors
Kenneth (Ken) H. Blanchard is an American entrepreneur, Doctor of Science from Cornell University and author of numerous management books. As the owner of a family business in San Diego, he questioned what good leadership is at an early age, which became a passion.
Randy Conley was Trust Across America-Top 100 Thought Leaders during 2012-2015 and works as vice president of client services at The Ken Blanchard Companies. From working with Ken Blanchard, they both soon realized that transformative leadership and organizational development solutions are important to move a business forward.
In particular, Randy brought his experience of working with clients such as Amgen, American Express, and Pfizer to the book.