Eric Schimdt, Brin, and Page provided their employees with unimaginable facilities within the Google office such as a spa, a gym, cafeteria with free food from different continents, free cars, laundry, turned every employee into a project manager, allowed employees to work from home once a week, and other benefits.
This generosity and unconventional style has been adapted by many ICT companies. Facebook has the same casual office lay-out and also provides employees with free food. Viximo has a “come and go as you please” policy and actually encourages their employees to establish their own business.
As early as 1977, Robert Greenleaf already came up with Servant leadership theory. He argues that great leaders are the ones that serve his constituents. Yet, earlier thinkers like Socrates and Xenophon (Adair, 1989) believed that leaders should lead by serving and even earlier than that is St. Paul who publicly declared that his strategy in ruling other people and making them follow him is by serving them. This is the same strategy used by Jesus Christ. Though many may question his persona as God, no one can question the greatness of his leadership style (Cross, 1998).
Ken Melrose, CEO of Toro Company, explained that servant leadership is all about conditioning people’s mind that the leader is the one person who will provide their needs. It is the same strategy used, unconsciously or consciously, by mothers to their babies or masters to their dog. When they are hungry, the leaders provide the food. In an organization, physical hunger is replaced by other needs like recognition, opportunities, and validation. These things allow the employees to grow and learn and do their jobs (Dess and Picken, 2000).
The test of whether or not servant leadership (Greenleaf, 1977) is effective lies in the productivity of the people within the organization. Servant leaders prove the system is working when people are more independent and able surpass the quality of work ...Show more