Masters of servitude

Leadership is often considered the art of achieving objectives through the actions performed by others. But there is also another form of leading: Providing the support and guidance that others need to accomplish goals that are important to them. This article discusses the role performed by servant leaders, those who lead in ways that enable others to realize their goals. In doing so, it looks at how project managers, by their nature, perform their roles as servants to their teams, organizations, and clients. It identifies why many organizations continue to struggle with successfully integrating servant leadership into their culture, noting that despite the style's origination in the 6th century BCE philosophy of Tao Te Ching, that it is an innovative concept that reverses conventional and traditional thinking about the role that leaders play. It describes how servant leadership relates to the work of managing project teams and how project managers can help their teams thrive. It then explores how servant lea
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