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“[With servant leadership] You philosophically turn the pyramid upside down and you work for your people. Your job is to help them win.”

Ken Blanchard is the authority on leadership and management in the workplace, and we’re diving into what servant leadership looks like, from both a managerial and entrepreneurial perspective. Ken breaks down what leadership is and isn’t, how a servant leader differs from a manager, the ways a work culture changes when leaders are focused on being servants, and the ways that Ken has implemented servant leadership in his own business.

Wondering how to create a culture for your business that breeds positivity and great results? Listen in to find out how!

Highlights of This Episode:

  • Why servant leadership resonates with so many people (9:43)
  • Why it's time to embrace a new form of leadership in our culture (10:28)
  • The biggest barriers for creating a culture of servant leadership (12:57)
  • How to step into servant leadership when you have fear or inexperience (15:50)
  • How does servant leadership play a role for small teams or solo entrepreneurs? (18:33)
  • Passing along the gift of leadership to others (21:28)
  • Ken’s impact and legacy (28:33)

“Humility is really important; it’s not a weakness. People with humility don’t think less about themselves, they think about themselves less.

– Ken Blanchard

Insights from Ken:

What’s a must-read for impact entrepreneurs?

What’s the single-most important trait for entrepreneurs?

  • The first one is the most important, which is the test of joy. If you don’t love what you do, you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur. If you’re becoming an entrepreneur to make money, it’s going to be draining. You have to love what you do.

Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met?

  • Norman Vincent Peale

What are you better at than anyone else?

  • Working with other people. I think it’s one of the reasons I’m excited about servant leadership in action. I’m not competitive, I want to build other people up.

What idea or belief do very few people agree with you about?

  • We need to push people on positive environments and catching people doing things right and accentuating the positive.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

  • When you’re thinking about starting your own business, think about these four things. 1) Sales have to exceed expenses, 2) Collect your bills, 3) Take care of your customers, 4) Take care of your people. Those are really good things for entrepreneurs to remember. If you do that, you’re gonna probably be successful.

Do you have any ‘asks’ or requests of the audience?

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About Ken Blanchard:

With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken Blanchard shares his inspiring insights with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and bestselling books. Universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Ken is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. In fact, few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard.

He is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, established in 1979 in San Diego, California.

Ken has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works—including Raving Fans, The Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name just a few—have been translated into 42 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

“Servant leadership is an inside-out job. It starts inside with your character; are you here to serve, or to be served?

– Ken Blanchard

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