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Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley

52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust

4.7 (289 ratings)
20 mins

What is Simple Truths of Leadership about?

Simple Truths of Leadership (2022) explores simple principles that elevate leaders from good to great. It reveals the common mistakes that leaders make – and uncovers the behaviors that result in better team performance and closer working relationships. 

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    Great leadership involves serving others.

    To figure out what type of leader you want to be, you need to do one simple thing: listen to your heart. What does it say? Does it whisper that you should serve the common good? Or does it tell you that you should follow your own narrow self-interest and not care about who gets hurt along the way? 

    Once you understand your inner motivation, you’ll know whether you want to be a bad leader – or a servant leader. 

    As a servant leader, your priority is to serve your subordinates and your wider organization rather than yourself. In practice, that means giving your people a strong sense of direction. A servant leader’s team should understand exactly what results they’re working toward – and what success looks like. 

    So far, this might sound like pretty standard leadership behavior. But the servant leader does something else, too. Once you’ve given your people some goals, you help your subordinates achieve these goals. You serve your staff by offering feedback and training opportunities. You also take the time to listen and find out what support they need. 

    By providing strategic direction and a lot of day-to-day support, you’ll enjoy great results and great working relationships with your people. 

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    About the Author

    Ken Blanchard is an author, leadership consultant, and motivational speaker. He cofounded The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international leadership training and development firm. Throughout his career, he has published over 60 books – including The One Minute Manager, which has sold over 15 million copies.

    Randy Conley is the Vice President of Client Services and Trust Practice Leader at The Ken Blanchard Companies. His clients include American Express, American Honda, and Pfizer. 

    Who should read Simple Truths of Leadership?

    • New managers eager to build strong relationships with their teams
    • Seasoned leaders looking for a fresh perspective
    • Entrepreneurs hoping to brush up on their people skills

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