“I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.” -- Navy SEAL Creed

Servant leadership. That’s a concept that comes easily to a Navy SEAL, because a SEAL is trained to lead and to follow. Team leaders are strong and bold, and have the ability to make hard decisions under the most extreme conditions imaginable. But they also encourage their team members to step up, share the power, and not hesitate to take care of business without waiting for further instruction.

Servant leaders are not afraid to share the power. They want their teams to make independent decisions and keep moving forward until they feel they need assistance. As leaders, our job is to encourage and support team members in order to help them unleash their full potential. Let them do their jobs. They most likely can do it better than you. That’s why you hired them, right?

Here are four tips for becoming a better servant leader:

Stop talking and listen. 
Increase your awareness.
Start conceptualizing.
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Be a true steward to your team.

Today, when you interact with your team, start by truly listening. Don’t interrupt. Just listen. Then, ask your people how you can help, and follow up on your promises quickly. If they don’t need your help, don’t force it on them. Encourage them to carry on with your full support. Step back and let them take care of business.

Published on: Feb 1, 2013