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What You Need to Know Before Adopting Servant Leadership


Medical practice leaders may be tempted to foster a servant leadership (SL) style of leading. To do this, leaders must understand what SL means and what it contains. Also, an awareness of the difficulty of this goal could temper their enthusiasm. There are great organizations that do exhibit SL throughout their organizations, but it is also possible to be a servant-leader for just the leader's team. The alignment of organizational goals with the SL style is important in all cases. SL is not about optimizing profits it is about creating and maintaining a strategic vision that focuses on the team members. It is this culture that produces positive organizational outcomes such as profits.

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Smith, David (2021) What you need to know before adopting servant leadership. The Journal of Medical Practice Management®, Volume 36, Number 6, pages 312-314, Copyright 2021, American Association for Physician Leadership®, 800-562-8088, www.physicianleaders.org

David F. Smith, Ph.D., Director of Research, Five Star Leadership®, Oahu Adventures Foundation, Inc. Author of How Successful Teams Work: What science says about Leadership and high-performance teamwork This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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