What is the first thing that you think about when you hear the term, “servant leadership?” While this term isn’t very popular anymore, the essence of being a servant leader is precisely what most nonprofit leaders aspire to be. Today’s guest, Evan Wildstein breaks down what this term means and what it practically looks like to apply servant leadership to everyday situations.
Rob’s guest is Evan Wildstein, author of the book, The Nonprofiteer’s Fundraising Field Guide: 30 Practical Ways to Boost Philanthropy Through Servant-Leadership. His book inspires readers to take fast action by exploring the ten core behaviors of servant-leaders.
When it comes to the term servant leadership, Evan believes that the two words must coexist, since he sees service and leadership as both action oriented activities. He explains that the term isn’t actually a paradox like many assume, because you cannot have one without the other. Evan explains that the concept of servant leadership is talked about at a very high level. This is why he is passionate about explaining it in a very practical, tangible way that people can apply to their organizations. Evan describes how servant leaders can become more empathetic in their approach to others. He also shares the importance of truly becoming a better listener, as a leader. Finally, Evan believes that we, as leaders, need to heal ourselves first before we can hope to heal others. Part of this healing must be done on an individual level and part must be done on an organizational level, by holistically checking in on our team.
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