Servant Leadership Essentials™

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Building the next generation of servant leaders

The best work relationships are partnerships. They require collaboration between the leader and their people regarding communication, working style, feedback, direction, and support. But many leaders become so focused on meeting the organization’s needs that they lose sight of the needs and aspirations of their people. 

Employees are engaged and productive when leaders care for their people and help them develop. Blanchard’s Servant Leadership Essentials training course teaches leaders how to build trust, listen, and give and receive feedback in ways that bring out the best in their people.

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Leadership that inspires today’s workforce to achieve their potential

Servant leadership is a better way to lead—and one that leads to higher levels of engagement, performance, and human satisfaction. Blanchard’s Servant Leadership Essentials course helps leaders take ownership of the process and actively partner with their people. There is a sense of accountability for the successful performance of others. The servant leader learns to align the individual’s purpose and role with organizational strategies. Leaders learn how to guide actions, add energy, and provide long-term perspective.

Delivery Options to Meet Your Needs

Servant Leadership training can be delivered as virtual sessions and as part of a learning journey so your leaders can learn how to think differently about leadership’s purpose and bring out the best in their people.

Virtual Instructor-led Course

Blanchard’s Servant Leadership Essentials is delivered through two 2-hour live-virtual sessions and can be built into learning journeys.

  • This course can be delivered on its own or included in learning journeys.
  • Leaders will learn how to build trust, give and receive feedback, and listen to learn.
  • Participants receive a set of micro-activities, including videos, interactions, and worksheets, that they can access in moments of need to support ongoing learning, performance support, reinforcement, and custom learning journeys.

Online Overview

This 35-minute online overview teaches the core concepts of Servant Leadership Essentials through short videos, interactions, and tools. Ideal for learners who need an overview of the content or a refresher, this course design can be used along with virtual and in-person sessions, or as part of a learning journey, to create more flexible learning experiences.

Simple Truths of Leadership

Effective leadership is an influence process where leaders implement commonsense approaches that help people and organizations thrive. Yet many of these fundamental principles are still missing from most workplaces. Simple Truths of Leadership shares 52 simple truths about leadership that will help leaders everywhere make commonsense leadership common practice.

Readers will discover profound, memorable, and, in some cases, counterintuitive leadership wisdom such as:

  • Who should make the first move to extend trust
  • What role a successful apology plays in building trust
  • When to use different strokes (leadership styles) for different folks—and for the same folks
  • Where the most important part of leadership happens
  • How to create autonomy through boundaries
  • Why the key to developing people is catching them doing something right
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Servant leadership helps your people—and your business—thrive

Why do employees quit?

54% of employees don’t feel valued by their organizations.

52% of employees don’t feel valued by their managers.

51% of employees don’t feel a sense of belonging at work.1

1. McKinsey, ‘Great Attrition’ or ‘Great Attraction’? The choice is yours.

Cultivate A Servant Leadership Mindset and Skillset

The most effective leaders recognize that leadership is not about them, and that the success of their people fuels their success. Servant leaders constantly try to find out what their people need to succeed. They want to make a difference in the lives of their people and, in the process, benefit the organization. When team members believe their leader has their best interests at heart, performance improves by leaps and bounds.

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Accelerate Learning & Development

Servant leaders learn how to support their team members and help them grow more quickly.
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Boost Engagement & Employee Referrals

Employees are more likely to stay and endorse the company as a great place to work.
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Improve Collaboration

Servant leaders support, motivate, and empower their team members so they can achieve the extraordinary.
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Increase Goal Attainment & Innovation

Servant leaders help people overcome constraints on their ability to address challenges and develop innovative solutions.

Client Success Story


Columbia Bank: Evolving leadership culture one conversation at a time

Learn how Columbia Bank used executive coaching to build trusting relationships and encourage open, honest communications to support a servant leadership culture.

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Contact us today to learn how we can help your leaders learn the skills they need to be more effective communicators.

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