While exploring my personal leadership I used a variety of books, research articles and assessments. The books were used to cover servant leaders, agile development and organizational learning. In addition to the books used for research I reviewed several articles on both servant leadership and agile development where I was able to being to piece together each methodology.
Since I am a huge of assessments, the research was personal assessment heavy with all of the educational and professional assessments I have participated in over the last few years. It is very important for me to see where I fall as an employee, person and leader and make connections to current theories, which then in turn become practice for me in my career. The following assessments provided insight into my current and future leadership styles:
• Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (CPP, Inc., 1990, 1998, 2005)
• Emotional Intelligence / Leadership Development Report (PRADCO, 2005)
• Strengthsfinder 2.0 (GALLUP, 2000, 2006-2012)
• The Achiever (Candidate Resources, Inc., 1999-2013)
• The Birkman (Birkman International, 2011)
This leadership paper will explore the Servant leadership role and connect it with the Agile Development Scrum Master methodology. It will demonstrate the leader that exists today through assessments and describe my leadership aspirations as a Scrum Master, future adjunct faculty and project manager. In addition, the paper will communicate the history of Medical Mutual as well as outline the company’s current organizational expectations and future objectives for leaders. I will also explain my 10-year leadership development plan which involves developing an agile team, being groomed for the project manager role, securing an IT management position, becoming an adjunct professor and eventually lead to senior management. I will conclude with a few brief impressions on the topic of servant leadership.
What is Servant Leadership?
Early models of leadership were designed to increase productivity and create higher quality. Early leadership models were not designed to be people-orientated. Therefore it comes as no surprise when Robert Greenleaf, a retired AT&T employee, introduced his Servant leadership modal in the 1970s. Greenleaf himself thought it was not an easy concept for people to grasp: “The concept of the servant-leader stands in sharp contrast to this kind of thinking” (Greenleaf, 461).
The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership defines the model on their website (https://greenleaf.org/what-is-servant-leadership/) using the words of the late Robert Greenleaf’s original essay on Servant Leadership.
“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need...