If you want to lead your company, become a servant of its employees, says Larry Spears, executive director of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership in Indianapolis.
Five qualities to strive for: listening, awareness, persuasion, commitment to personal growth, and community building. He suggests CEOs listen carefully to what is being said and what is not being said, use persuasive skills to convince others, and to build consensus within groups. The true CEO as a servant-leader also strives to build community, and helps employees grow personally, professionally, and spiritually.
The Greenleaf Center is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the concept of servant-leadership.