JLBC: Leadership


JLBC: Leadership

Officers must give of themselves to receive their followers' trust and loyal obedience.

Robert Green popularized the idea of servant leadership- leaf published Servant Leadership in 1977.48 Dirk van Dier- Mendonca and Inge Nuijten built on Greenleaf's work to develop a model of servant leadership based on eight characteristics: empowerment, accountability, standing back, humility, authenticity, courage, interpersonal acceptance, and stewardship. The JLBC is incorporating this model into its leader development program, and the eight behaviors associated with it are provided as "cut-outs" on the back cover of this guide.

Servant leadership requires attention to the subordinates' situations, humility, and hard work. Servant leaders must figure out what their assistants need, put their own needs aside, and devote time and energy to creating an environment where the subordinates are cared for and empowered. If the leader meets their subordinates' needs, they can then concentrate on and are empowered to pursue the organization's needs. They also build genuine trust in their leader based on their responsiveness to their needs.

Some leaders shy away from servant leadership because of its de minds. Still, Major General William Cohen argues, "Many times, the dilemma between accomplishing the mission and taking care of the troops is false. Many times both objectives can be achieved.

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