International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Servant or Leader? Who will stand up please?
Iyer Ramajanaki Doraiswamy

Leadership is a much sought after topic among researchers. The financial crisis and recession have further highlighted the aspect of leadership. . Recessional periods are characterized by increased focus on cost cutting and achieving profits at any cost thereby putting the long term success of the organization at stake. Decision making is always influenced by financial constraints, culture of fear of job- loss and development of ‘yes’ men. Leaders with a clear vision and enthusiasm can ensure that the organization and employees survive the recession period with motivation, commitment and engagement. There seems to be increasing prominence of shared and dispersed leadership as relationships and processes have started playing a central role in organizations.. Servant leadership based on ethical principles. It believes in serving followers and giving their needs top most priority over and above one’s own needs. The approach believes in willingness to ‘give power away’ and ‘let go’.

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