Servant Leadership By Robert K. Greenleaf Essay

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Servant Leadership Within the vast amounts of books, journals, and articles on servant leadership, a variety of explanations exist on what a servant leader is-and-should be based on the original work by Robert K. Greenleaf. One such article by Spears (2010) suggests a number of characteristics essential to servant leadership, including listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building community. This list provides only a handful of fundamental characteristics and is by no means conclusive. Additional characteristics of a servant leader, as defined in Marquis and Huston (2015), include collaborating with others, being goal directed, thinking before reacting, and having the ability to see the bigger picture. Generalized from the characteristics outlined by Spears and Marquis and Huston, three key characteristics of a servant leader include serving, promoting collaboration, and listening. Leadership Characteristics
Serving
Being a part of the name, serving is essential to becoming a servant leader. By serving, Greenleaf (as cited in Marquis & Huston, 2015) meant for leaders to put others, such as employees, customers, and communities as the priority. One way for this to occur is for leaders to meet the fundamental needs of their followers (Hunter, 1998). By meeting these needs, Hunter (1998) indicates that followers are encouraged and enabled to become better, more capable…

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