In my initial blog on this topic, I mentioned that Awareness was an essential quality that servant leaders needed to embody. Awareness in this context refers to an understanding of your own values, biases, strengths and weaknesses as well as the values of those served. To enhance your awareness of yourself it requires self-reflection and self-analysis. There are many tools available to aid you in this process. Below are some ideas and links:
- Ask yourself a series of questions about your thoughts related to your community
- Read books on leadership styles to evaluate yourself
o Trust Me
o Developing the Leader Within You
o The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
While you are developing your awareness of yourself you can also develop an awareness of the values of others in your community. One of the best ways to do this is to talk to your residents, ask their opinions, get their insights. You could take the series of questions about your values and tweak it as a survey to all your owners using a tool like www.surveymonkey.com.
Regardless of what tools you use the important part is to always be aware!