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.