Servant Leadership is a relatively new field of study. Scholars are still out on the acceptance of Servant Leadership practice in organizations, but indeed the evidence is mounting in favor of this leadership style.
I am passionate about relationships; personal, social, and in the workplace. Servant leadership uses a relational approach to nurture followers, and change organizational culture. By investing in relationships much can be accomplished. Benefits derived from such leadership promotes relationships among leaders and followers, it encourages communication which leads to authentic interactions. Servant leadership in its true form focuses on the follower first and the leader and the organization’s bottom line, after that.
Jesus modeled this leadership while he ministered to his disciples for His three brief years on earth. The disciples received a crash course in servant leadership values. Jesus led with love first and taught His followers to love our neighbors, and that through this practice they would be identified as His (John 13:34-35). He taught them to seek the kingdom first with the promise that “all these things shall be added to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). In other words, lead as Jesus did and leave the results to God. He promises the rest or the other things we seek, will follow.
Knowledge and knowledge sharing is one such “value added” item that will follow, and add to the organizational bottom line. Servant Leaders who encourage and facilitate employee communication create trust among the ranks of the followers, those in the trenches. Open and cooperative communication begets knowledge creation and knowledge sharing. Traditionally, organizations have pursued knowledge by going outside of the organization. Building relationships, not only among followers but between followers and leaders generates thoughts, ideas, and knowledge that is a valuable and economical internal resource.
Leaders who invest in their employees reap benefits as well. Followers who feel “heard”, and valued begin to trust in their leaders and follow the leader more readily. Defenses begin to fall down and the company culture is changed over time. True altruism, humility, and love are key virtues that servant leadership is built around. This leadership style does not always come about easily, but the rewards to self and the benefits to the organization outweigh traditional leadership styles.
 Rishabh Rai and Anand Prakash, A Relational Perspective to Knowledge Creation: Role of Servant Leadership, 2012. Journal of Leadership Studies, Vol. 6, Num. 2.
 Rai and Prakash, 2012.