Servant Leadership: It’s not a buzzword. It’s how we lead.
At Alexandria Industries, we use the Servant Leadership model to help manage our organization. This servant culture encourages our leaders to bring work issues to the forefront to discuss openly and constructively, and to always look for areas of improvement. But more importantly, it’s about serving others.
“Servant leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win. In that situation, they don’t work for you, you work for them.” Ken Blanchard
Changing the Mindset
We expect our leaders to do things differently. In this, our servant leaders:
- Qualify to be first by putting other people first.
- Are in charge principally to charge others up.
- Commit themselves to whatever causes their followers to get charged up.
- Build self-esteem in their people.
- Rely on their own self-esteem to set up a powerful cycle of personal growth, willingness to take risks, persistence and results.
- Get their ego out of the way.
Our servant leaders learn the importance of establishing, clarifying, communicating, and evaluating our organization’s purpose, vision and values. They know how to energize people, allowing them the freedom to generate ideas and do their jobs, and then encouraging them for their outstanding work. Our servant leaders drive continuous improvements in every area of the organization, while developing one-on-one relationships to drive results.
At Alexandria Industries, we are intentional about our servant leadership culture throughout the organization. We have created team charters to clearly define each department’s role in carrying out its purpose and each employee’s behavior to be in line with our values.
Our leaders understand that their role is to be a steward of the purpose and values of the organization. Their decisions are based on whether or not they will advance the purpose of the organization forward.
Through our servant leadership model, we work toward making a difference by providing innovative manufacturing solutions to create a safer, healthier, happier, and more productive world for our families, customers and communities.