Servant leadership is not about giving up who you are as a person. Let me explain. When I was a younger man in the workforce, leadership styles under the Baby Boomer generation were different than they are now. These leaders were ready to kick us out if we did not do what they told us to do. We worked hard and then were expected to work harder. If we were unhappy, it was the old “don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out” mentality.
As we transitioned across the generations, with Millennials and now Gen Z entering the workforce, our style of leadership and expectations needed to change. We took classes, read articles, listened to podcasts and took advice from anyone that had experience with inspiring and motivating a workforce we thought of as lazy. The days of command and control and leading from a position of authority were over. The old style of leadership was coming to an end, and a new one was being adopted.