Published here July 2002.

Introduction  | Leader  | Project Management | Project Manager's Skills 
Project Manager's Types of Leadership | Servant Leadership
Ten Characteristics of a Servant-Leader | Characteristics Compared 
Project Management by a Servant Leader | Risks & Benefits | References

Risks and Benefits to being a Project Manager and a Servant Leader

We should not be self-righteous. We each have different gifts that can be used in our daily lives whether at work or play. A project manager can serve, teach, encourage others, and contribute to the needs of others.

To be a servant leader we should be humble and know our limits. If we are humble, then we can easily serve others while at work. If we do not remain humble, we cannot assist others in building themselves and coming together as a team for success. Stacy Reinhart states that by doing these things it provides "others the opportunity to lead and develop" (1998, p.123).

Using servant leadership skills creates synergy on projects. It allows each of us to use our special gifts to get the most positive outcomes. Teams work better than one individual. A project manager needs to be less in control and more a team member exhibiting servant leadership for the best positive outcomes.

If a project manager decides to be a servant leader, it will take personal effort. There is always the tendency to go back to the controlling style forgetting to be humble and serving. Stacy Rinehart states (1998, p.152) "if we want to become, and remain, servant leaders throughout our lives, we must be able to identify the obstacles in our path."

We must constantly be aware that we can easily fall back to the old ways.

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