In continuation of my previous blogs on SDLC/Agile/Scrum, this blog can give some tips to Scrum Masters.
As per the Agile manifesto and Scrum principles, the Scrum Master need to work as a servant leader. The typical servant leader how he/she should have characteristics to bring the team alignment for right delivery with CDI speed, I have drafted in the below content. This can be useful as TIPS to new Scrum master on Agile projects.
What characteristics a Servant Leader should have in the organization ?
Creating the right leadership roles is very important and challenging to any organization with the current trend of the rapid technology or business transformation.
They need to look into the person’s characteristics very deeply. At the end of the day these leaders only drive the key aspects of the organization to achieve the results.
There are different leadership roles taken by coaches. One of them and very famous and with value added is; Servant leadership.
The servant leadership denotes as ‘a philosophy and practice’ of leadership. This concept has been appearing from the prehistoric. I would like to give a brief introduction of this role in this article, which can help the professionals who would be pursuing into the leadership roles.
When we move forward on analyzing this role, our mindset might have the following questions:
1. What is servant leadership means?
2. How they can thrive the teams in organizations?
3. How they can improve the corporate culture?
4. What is the significance they can create?
5. How this leader can drive high loyalty of the customers?
6. How this leader can build empowered teams to the organization?
7. How the teams can feel being with this leader?
8. Does the organization get the opportunity to drive long term goals with this role?
9. How the organization work culture can be changed timely with this role?
10. How this leadership role can help the organization with accelerated ROI?
In any organization servant leaders accomplish the results while reaching to the targets. These leaders give preferences to the needs of their contemporaries. By thumb rule, these leaders are being seen as humble stewards in their organizational resources like; human, financial and physical.
Focus on teams: A servant leader focuses on his/her team members needs towards scaling them into higher levels in their organization by helping them to resolve their issues and promotes their personality development also. These leaders feel it’s a management philosophy which can be applied to in the view of quality of people, work and community spirit.
We can see in many organizations there are several leaders’ supports their employees in the above mentioned areas to ascend them further. Every growing organization needs this kind of leaders to achieve their targets. Without these leaders and their characteristics it would have not been possible many companies rapid growth in the relevant industries.
Servant leader’s characteristics: When we think of their characteristics, certainly the following can come into our mind with leadership analysis thought process.
- Commitment to the growth of people
- Building community
Understanding people closely: A servant leader attempts to understand and empathize with the team. This leader would not consider them as employees. Their individual respect and appreciation on their personal development would be awarded by the leader. As a manager or leader you can consider any team members tasks, look into its complexity, and support the team member to achieve its result. And you can apply your servant leadership compassion. The team members would not have realized you earlier, when you applied these leadership techniques to achieve their targets.
Effective management of people and their skills: The servant leaders don’t use their power in getting the things done by the people. Instead they manage the tasks and people through effective discussions. This way the team member also can understand on how their manager is giving the importance and respect to their individual concerns. Their hidden or unused skills or power can be utilized to complete any complex tasks with easy ways. For the future tasks, the minimal discussion time can be taken place to convince the team members, while having built the relationship empathetically.
Focus on operating targets and objectives: The servant leadership also plays to focus on long term operating goals also, rather than short term benefits. In view of this kind of thought process they derive specific goals towards implementing strategies for the benefits of the organization as well as tuning the teams towards working on the strategic plans and their execution.
Serving with Openness and persuasion: These leaders would have dedication to help and serve others. With their openness and persuasion their leadership qualities can be demonstrates in the organization to achieve any complex activities also with simple.
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