When building a meaningful organization, establishing a healthy culture, leading others, or stewarding one’s character, the Servant Leadership tools work in concert with one another to provide a practical blueprint for organizational success. The tools can certainly be used individually as circumstances require, but are most effective when used together.
An organization is defined as any group of people that come together for a purpose – marriage, business, social groups, governments, sports teams, religious institutions, etc. That purpose could be “having fun”, “making money”, “belonging”, “celebrating a specific personality”. It could be stated, implicit, or subconscious, but a healthy organization understands its purpose (or it’s THERE). It also creates structures and provides resources to invite all participating members into achieving that purpose.
The 3 Key Elements of Organizational Success:
We join organizations in the pursuit of meaning. In order to build a successful organization, you need to be intentional about naming your true purpose (THERE), and commit to achieving it.
The language, mental models, and roles an organization puts in place in order to achieve the purpose.
The tools and individuals that operate the structures, bringing the organization to life and making the purpose achievable and
The Importance of Organizational Values
Values are the strong undercurrent of our motivation. They are the bedrock of what is important to us, informing what we think and what we do. Our society talks a lot about values in a sort of mystical way, but our values are very individual and practical realities. When we don’t have a conscious knowledge of our values, it is almost impossible to build a solid structure. If we lie to ourselves about what we value or borrow values from the loudest voices around us, we potentially set ourselves against the truth of who we are, what we love, and what motivates us.
By naming our values, we solidify a foundation on which effective living (and leading) can occur. This is true for individuals and organizations alike.
Communicating our values, first with ourselves and then with others, helps frame our decisions and endeavors around a consistent mission rather than fickle emotions or circumstances.