Servant Capital Partners provides private equity, venture capital and angel capital advisory services to private and institutional investors and lower middle market businesses operating primarily in the South Central U.S. With over 30 years of relevant experience and mature judgment, Servant Capital seeks to assist clients with their investment, capital raising and liquidity strategies. At all times, Servant Capital abides by the fundamental tenant to truly effective leadership - creating value by serving others. "He who wants to be first, let him be last and the servant of all."
The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership offers excellent definitions and descriptions of Servant Leadership by authors including Ann McGee-Cooper, Duane Trammell, Ken Blanchard and Stephen Covey.
Ann McGee-Cooper and Duane Trammell, in Focus on Leadership, defined Servant Leadership this way:
"Servant Leadership is not about a personal quest for power, prestige, or material rewards. Instead, from this perspective, leadership begins with a true motivation to serve others. Rather than controlling or wielding power, the servant-leader works to build a solid foundation or shared goals by (1) listening deeply to understand the needs and concerns of others; (2) working thoughtfully to help build a creative consensus; and (3) honoring the paradox of polarized parties and working to create ‘third right answers’ that rise above the compromise of ‘we/they’ negotiations. The focus of Servant Leadership is on sharing information, building a common vision, self-management, high levels of interdependence, learning from mistakes, encouraging creative input from every team member, and questioning present assumptions and mental models."
In his Foreword to Focus on Leadership, Ken Blanchard stated that:
"I truly believe that Servant Leadership has never been more applicable to the world of leadership than it is today. Not only are people looking for a deeper purpose and meaning when they must meet the challenges of today's changing world; they are also looking for principles and philosophies that actually work. Servant Leadership works. Servant Leadership is about getting people to a higher level by leading people at a higher level."
Stephen Covey, in his Foreword to Insights on Leadership, emphasized the competitive importance of servant leadership. He stated that:
"A great movement is taking place throughout the world today. Its roots, I believe, are to be found in two powerful forces. One is the dramatic globalization of markets and technology. And in a very pragmatic way, this tidal wave of change is fueling the impact of the second force: timeless, universal principles that have governed, and always will govern, all enduring success, especially those principles that give ‘air’ and ‘life’ and creative power to the human spirit that produces value in markets, organizations, families, and, most significantly, individual’s lives."
"One of these fundamental, timeless principles is the idea of Servant Leadership, and I am convinced that it will continue to dramatically increase in its relevance….You’ve got to produce more for less, and with greater speed than you’ve ever done before. The only way you can do that in a sustained way is through the empowerment of people. And the only way you get empowerment is through high-trust cultures and through the empowerment philosophy that turns bosses into servants and coaches…"
"Leaders are learning that this kind of empowerment, which is what Servant Leadership represents, is one of the key principles that, based on practice, not talk, will be the deciding point between an organization’s enduring success or its eventual extinction."