Personal Values and Servant Leadership Principles

Personal Values and Servant Leadership Principles

Throughout an individual’s lifetime, he/she relies on certain values in the carrying out of daily activities. Such values are thus significant part of these persons, which they will do anything to adhere to them. Similarly, servant leaders are no exception to this kind of dependence. Other than the personal values, they have servant leadership principles to draw upon in their operations. As such, there is a need for servant leaders to find ways of integrating both theirpersonal values with the principles for better leadership. In essence, this discussion aims at analyzing how individuals can draw on both values and servant leadership principles for realization of good leadership.

Primarily,the personal values that I cherish most since childhood they include accountability, compassion and respect for others. In my opinion, these values are complimentary to the servant leadership principles that facilitate the realization of this form of leadership.For instance,through compassion, I will be able to understand other people better and treat them compassionately, which are crucial components of the empathy principle of servant leadership (Spears, 2010). Given such an illustration, it is beyond doubt that my compassionate nature enables me to empathize as needed in servant leadership.

Notwithstanding, I have strong conviction that respecting others will also improve the chances of realizing servant leadership. That is for sure because this value enables me to listen to others without looking down upon them. According to Frick,(2011), servant leadership entails listening to others instead of relying on own understanding to make decisions. As such, respect for others as well as listening to them complement each other.

Lastly, the servant leadership principle of stewardship is also compatible to the personal value of accountability. Accountability entails an individual taking responsibility of the work and authority bestowed on him/her(Marquis, & Huston, 2015). Such a value is necessary for stewardship since it enables a leader to own the organizational responsibility of making it successful. Clearly, this illustration is another proof of how personal values can complement servant leadership principles for the realization of better leadership.

In closure, this discussion aimed at depicting how personal values can complement each other for the realization of better leadership. Indeed, from the analysis, it is apparent that personal values and the servant leadership principles are complementary to each other. As such, going into the future, there is a need for integrating both entities in servant leadership for the realization of better leadership.


Frick, D. M. (2011). Robert k. greenleaf: A life of servant leadership. Ltd.

Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2015). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application.Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health.

Spears, L. C. (2010).Character and servant leadership: Ten characteristics of effective, caring leaders. The Journal of Virtues & Leadership1(1), 25-30.


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