Remembrance Day will be especially poignant this year. For as long as most of us can remember, the day has been marked by the sight of the late Queen laying a wreath at the Cenotaph to honour those who served.
At the beginning of her reign, she vowed to be a servant of the people and to always strive to be worthy of their trust. And throughout the next 70 years, she continued to embody the concept of servant leadership, a model in which the needs, wellbeing, and development of those being led is the primary focus of the leader.
It also forms an integral part of the British Army’s approach to leadership; “Serve to Lead” is the motto of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and it’s an ethos encouraged among all ranks, says Major David Love of the Centre for Army Leadership. “Putting the needs of others before yourself is probably the most powerful concept of leadership that anyone can embody or live by. It provides the bedrock of trust in an organisation and trust itself is the single most important ingredient in team success.”
To be a good leader, you need to have the self-reflection skills and the emotional intelligence to take a step back and see how you come across to others, David explains. An effective leader will also know the people they aspire to lead and understand how to get the best out of them.
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