A new way to conceptualise leadership for the 21st century
What is Meaningful Leadership?
4Seeds focuses on building knowledge and resources that ensure Meaningful Leadership practices. Meaningful Leadership is a concept we have independently developed in an attempt to combine the varied leadership approaches that exist.
Providing a consolidated theory ensures that we deliver leadership development programmes which can assist with honing practical skills that ensure effective, empowered and impactful leaders in South Africa.
Meaningful Leadership is comprised of a combination of three of the predominant leadership approaches in current literature which are:
Being an Authentic Leader means being “real”. This is about acknowledging that you are a whole person and that regardless of the environment you have core values, beliefs and strengths that carry you forward.
The 5 Attributes of an Authentic Leader
The authentic approach to leadership ensures value-congruent action, meaningful connection and real impact, which is why 4Seeds believes that Authentic Leadership is key to becoming a Meaningful Leader.
These five core attributes are:
4Seeds likes to think of these five attributes as being the way you arrive at work. By bringing your passion, self-awareness and desire to build meaningful connections to the workplace, you are already on a great path to becoming a Meaningful Leader. However, once you arrive at work, and the chaos hits, there are characteristics you can employ which encourage organisational citizenship for both you and your staff. These characteristics are best explained through the Servant Leadership approach.
The Six Characteristics of a Servant Leader
4Seeds believes that leaders are not the top the pyramid, but are rather doing the job on the ground in service of the greater organisation. This is why we have chosen to bring in the 10 characteristics of Servant Leadership. The idea of Servant Leadership is a way of behaving rather than a leadership style or approach. It involves the leader being “servant first” rather than “leader first”.
There are 10 key characteristics which ensure a “servant-first” approach:
As you can see, there are many parallels between Authentic Leadership and Servant Leadership, which is why we have chosen to combine them into a singular approach. Together, these attributes and characteristics can ensure that leaders are making meaningful steps and enhancing relationships that will result in profitable and impactful results.
The Four Behaviours of a Transformational Leader
A Transformational Leader is one who “goes beyond exchange relationships and motivates others to achieve more than they thought was possible” (Arnold et al., 2007). This leadership approach was first introduced by James McGregor Burns in 1978 and has since gained a vast body of research. There are four behaviours which comprise a Transformational Leader which are: