How a Servant Leader Can Inspire Employees

Leadership is a tricky subject.

It’s one thing to tell people what to do, but it’s quite another to inspire them to do their best work.

And that’s where servant leadership comes in.

As a leader, you’re not just there to give orders, but to empower your team to achieve great things.

If you’re looking to inspire your employees, then you need to be a servant leader.

In this post, I’ll show you how to do just that.

Creating a Vision that Inspires

As a servant leader, it’s crucial to have a vision for your team that they can rally behind. This vision should be inspiring and motivating, something that makes people excited to come to work each day.

But how do you create such a vision?

One way is to involve your team in the process of creating the vision. Ask for their input, and listen to their ideas. Not only will this help ensure that the vision is something that people will be invested in, but it also shows that you value their opinions and that you’re all working towards a common goal.

Another key aspect of creating a vision is to make sure that it’s measurable and specific. Vague statements like “we want to be the best” aren’t particularly motivating. Instead, set specific goals and milestones that your team can work towards. This gives people a sense of direction and purpose and helps them see the progress they’re making.

Empowering Employees to Take Ownership

An important aspect of being a servant leader is empowering your employees to take ownership of their work.

This means giving them the autonomy and resources they need to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. By doing this, you’ll foster a sense of pride and responsibility among your employees.

One way to empower your employees is to give them the freedom to make decisions.

This doesn’t mean giving them carte blanche to do whatever they want, but it does mean trusting them to make the right choices for their work. When people feel like they’re trusted and valued, they’re more likely to take ownership of their work and to be invested in the success of the team.

Another way to empower employees is to provide them with the resources they need to do their job. This includes things like training and development opportunities, as well as access to the tools and equipment they need to be successful.

It’s worth noting that, according to a study by Deloitte, companies with high levels of employee engagement have significantly higher productivity and lower turnover.

Empowering your employees is not just good for them, but it’s good for the bottom line too.

Leading by Example

As a servant leader, it’s important to lead by example.

Do not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk. When your team sees that you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside them, they’re more likely to be motivated and inspired.

One way to lead by example is to be a model of the behavior and attitudes you want to see in your team.

This includes things like being positive, being a good listener, being willing to admit mistakes, and being willing to help others. When your team sees that you’re doing these things, they’re more likely to follow suit.

Another way to lead by example is to be a model of the work ethic and attitude you want to see in your team. This means working hard, being focused, and being dedicated to your work.

It’s also important to note that leading by example is not just about being a good role model, but also about being a good listener and being responsive to your team’s needs.

Encouraging Innovation and Creativity

As a servant leader, it’s important to foster an environment where innovation and creativity can thrive. It means encouraging your team to think outside the box, experiment and try new things.

One way to encourage innovation and creativity is to give your team the freedom to experiment.

Allow them to take risks, even if those risks don’t pan out. When people know that they’re not going to be punished for trying new things, they’re more likely to take risks and come up with new and innovative ideas.

Another way to encourage innovation and creativity is to provide opportunities for learning and development.

This means providing access to training and development opportunities and access to the latest tools and technologies. By providing these opportunities, you’re giving your team the resources they need to be successful and to think creatively.

According to a study by Forbes, companies that foster a culture of creativity and innovation are more likely to be successful in the long run.

Creating a Culture of Trust and Respect

It’s also important to create a culture of trust and respect.

By that, I mean that you should try fostering an environment where people feel safe to speak their minds, where they’re not afraid to take risks and where they know that they’re valued.

One way to create a culture of trust and respect is to lead by example. This means treating your team with respect and showing them that you trust them. When people see that you’re treating them with respect, they’re more likely to do the same.

Another way to create a culture of trust and respect is to be transparent in your communication.

Try being open and honest about what’s happening in the company and being willing to answer questions. When people feel like they’re in the loop, they’re more likely to trust and respect you.

According to a study by Harvard Business Review, companies with high levels of trust outperform those with low levels of trust by 286%.


Being a servant leader is about inspiring and empowering your team to achieve great things.

By creating a vision that inspires, empowering employees to take ownership, leading by example, encouraging innovation and creativity, and creating a culture of trust and respect, you’ll not only get the best work out of your team, but you’ll also create an environment where people are excited to come to work each day.

Remember, as a leader, your role is not just to give orders, but to empower your team to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. By following these principles, you’ll be able to inspire your team and achieve outstanding results.

About the Author
Hi there, I'm James, founder of Melbado. I have over 20 years of experience as a leader and entrepreneur. Recently, I turned to leadership coaching and writing to pass on my knowledge to the next generation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via our contact page.


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