Over the past few decades, “authoritarian” style leadership – boss commands, workers obey – has, thankfully, been going out of style.h

Remnants of that behavior, though,still remain in many companies and for many leaders, especially in times of stress and for many people new to their leadership roles.

Servant leaders get more from their teams by “selling the why” behind ideas, rather than just “telling people what to do.

Be Clear on the Why

It’s something I notice happening in all generations, but it’s a hallmark of those entering the workforce today. When I talk to students and young people, I hear something very clearly—they want to use their creativity. They want to be heard.

This doesn’t mean that they want to be in charge. They know they’re young. They know they have a lot to learn. But they also know their viewpoints are important and their unique experiences are valuable.