Below we look at the benefits of servant leadership for each systemic element, from individual to society. This allows us to see how servant leadership at the lower levels affects the greater whole, and vice versa. Because each larger system contains the preceding smaller systems, like a Russian Matryoshka doll. Actions at the individual level have an impact on the higher, more encompassing, levels. And inversely, the higher level encapsulates and inspires the individual.
Servant leadership at the individual level leads to personal and professional development: of both the team leader and others. By acting with consideration for the other person’s interests, you do justice by this other, empower each other by bringing out the best in both of you, become more efficient together and contribute to respectful relations.
Teams led by servant leaders with insight into systemic cohesion, are characterized by an effective bundling of individual qualities. As a result, the team’s effectiveness grows beyond the sum of its parts and achieves common ground on the team’s goals. These teams can be recognized by their level of ownership, effective communication, efficient collaboration, result-oriented team spirit and work enjoyment.
Servant leadership leads to an overall ethical disposition within organisations. Where teams and departments of integrity work together effectively and with passion, while placing the interest of the external client first. Since a serving organisation has insight into systemic interdependencies and is conscious of its societal responsibilities, it can tend to real needs within society. Negative externalities of organisational decisions are prevented and profit is made available to realize collective interests.
In a society led by people with a serving focus, everyone’s interest is cared for and every individual has his/her respected contribution to the whole. This reduces (social) isolationism and enables people to work together towards the benefit of collective interests. Every act that can harm others is avoided.