Community involvement. Empowerment. Making a difference. These words and phrases have become driving buzzwords in today’s marketplace. As awareness about local and global social issues continues to grow, many consumers are choosing to do business with organizations that align with their personal values and make an impact in the broader community. This shift in expectations […]
As a leader you are called to listen, share, guide, motivate and challenge – all for drawing the best team performance for your clients and company. Adam Grant, in his book, “Give and Take,” describes two contrasting leadership styles. “Takers like to get more than they give, and they put their own interests ahead of others’ needs,” he […]
Roger North & Dan Burkholder of North Group Consultants describe the importance of being others-centered as an essential component of true Servant Leadership. How would you rate your willingness to meet others where they are and your ability to help them develop and grow? Are you willing to have the hard conversations with your team […]
One of the most significant memories in my life was the time when an individual approached me wanting to apologize for an incident that took place in our relationship about 15 years ago. For me, the initial incident, while disappointing, was not particularly negative. In fact, beyond the initial disappointment, I forgot about it and […]
When a strong leader decides to leave an organization it can strike fear in the hearts of an owner, CEO or board chair. Such change can feel a bit chaotic. Right now I am training a new person in a leadership position in my own company. That means I need to refresh myself on how […]
Roger North, founder of North Group Consultants, discusses the importance of Self Awareness as a cornerstone principle of Servant Leadership. What have you learned about yourself in the past 30 days? How are you working to increase your self awareness in your efforts to becoming a servant leader?
A number of years ago I was frustrated with a particular part of my job. I was not achieving the goals that I had set for myself and I was getting discouraged. Did I set goals that were unrealistic? Was I using the wrong measuring stick to gauge my results? To help me think through […]
One leadership team I have the privilege of working with routinely asks each other and members of their teams the following four questions: How are you doing? I recently heard two managers described this way: One manager asks, “WHAT are you doing,” while the other asks, “HOW are you doing?” It should not surprise anyone […]
Jerry Murray and Roger North discuss empathy as an essential characteristic of servant leaders. In what ways do you practice empathy? How can you be intentional in demonstrating empathy to those you serve?
Recently I attended a recognition event that featured the celebration of a retiring CEO and the introduction of his successor. As the speakers were acknowledging the legacy of the retiring CEO, one theme emerged: “As a leader, he bridged differences.” One definition of “bridge,” when used as a verb, is “to make a connection where […]