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  • Pete Nordbye

There are two types of leaders: Servant Leaders or Puppet Leaders.

Servant Leaders serve the common good of an organization or community. Servant Leaders are independent but connected. Servant leaders are participatory and empowering. Servant leaders listen to all constituents and are empathetic and compassionate. Servant Leaders make decisions with input from all but prioritizes those who are most vulnerable. A Servant Leader is accountable and transparent. A Servant Leader is more transformational and less transactional.

Puppet leaders make decisions based upon the desires of the special interests. To the Puppet Leader, special interests are the priority over serving the common good. There may be more than one special interest pulling the strings. Special interests can be corporations, individuals with money, large groups or small groups or powerful individuals. While the Puppet Leader may appear to be participatory, the special interest is the real decision-maker. As in the case of our President, this Puppet Leader's special interest is self.

You can't be both a Servant Leader and a Puppet Leader. You are one or the other. You can't be a Servant Leader and have a singular entity pull your decision-making strings. A Puppet Leader virtually sells his or her soul to the special interests.

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