The Principles of Servant Leadership and Their Connection to Religious and Cultural Lines
Servant leadership can be connected to biblical principles and Christianity based on the principles of servant leadership, which focus on a leader serving others and putting the needs of others before his/her, needs (Northouse, 2013). Servant leadership focuses on leaders being good examples in an organization through serving others and not through the opportunity to show power and authority. Jesus Christ who is the son of God showed this principle when he washed his disciples feet (John 13:1–17, King James Version). This action was meant to show the disciples that serving others was good and would make a positive impact on other individuals. Due to the position that leaders have in an organization, it is important for the leaders to hold ethical principles in their decision-making process and in their behavior (Northouse, 2013).
This is because employees are influenced by their leaders’ behaviors that they look up to as their role models. Although success is an important factor in organizations, the relationship between leaders and other members of the organization is very important in enabling an organization attain its goals and objectives (Roberts, 2015). Servant leadership helps leaders in having a good relationship with their followers which is the same principle used in Christianity and cultural perspectives (Roberts, 2015). For believers to be able to influence others to walk in the same direction, it is important that the leaders show concern to the other members needs, which may be achieved through serving others. Another principle of servant leadership is employee satisfaction which is aimed to improve the morale of the employees (Roberts, 2015).
This is achieved through a good social relationship between leaders and their employees which is also the same principle used in Christianity and cultural lines (Northouse, 2013). Christianity and cultural lines put emphasis on the influence of the leader on the follower in aspects of development, which increase the morale of the employees (Northouse, 2013). This is achieved by focusing on different perspectives of the employee, which is physical growth, spiritual, and mental development, which is meant to improve the morale of the employee (Northouse, 2013).
Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice. Los Angeles: Sage.
Roberts, G. E. (2015). Christian scripture and human resource management: Building a path to servant leadership through faith. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.