The servant leader is a leader who serve first then follow by the desire to lead (Grand Canyon University, 2020). A servant leader prioritizes the team’s growth and well-being, letting their own needs and ambition take a backseat by serving others. The fundamental principle of a servant leader as described on the text are: To be a leader you must be an excellent listener, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment, and building community (GCU, 2020).
The two qualities of a servant leader are listening and stewardship and both support interprofessional communication in providing patient care. Communication begin with listening and servant leaders have an innate ability to hear what others are saying through both verbal and nonverbal communication and reflect upon what they hear to lead a group to its full potential (Grand Canyon University, 2020). When a staff member is talking to you as a leader, give them your full focus and attention do not interrupt them until they finish their speaking. This is one of the simple ways to make your subordinates feel valued and they know you care. Another quality of servant leader is their act of stewardship committing to serving others and focusing on creating a culture of acceptance of all and work to prepare an organization, and its people, to contribute responsibly and ethically in society (Grand Canyon University, 2020). In stewardship you lead by example and set the tone for your subordinates, so do not ask people to do things you would not do yourself.