The Philosophy Of Servant Leadership Essay

1478 Words Dec 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Servant Leadership
The philosophy of servant leadership is set of leadership practices. Although the concept of servant leadership is timeless, the phrase “servant leadership” was first coined by Robert K Greenleaf in his major works published from 1970 through 2003. The Servant as Leader (1970), Servant Leadership (1977), Seeker and Servant (1996), On Becoming a Servant Leader (1996), The Power of Servant Leadership (1998) and The Servant Leader Within (2003). These books introduce the basic principles and model of servant leadership. According to Greenleaf.org, “servant Leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, build better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world”. The idea of Servant Leadership is based on two main contrasting aspects of life; “a servant” and “a leader”. To have a servant leader, these two aspects have to be fused together in a way that the servant part comes first before the leader. In other words, a leader has to be a servant first [be of service to others, perform duties for another, be a devoted and helpful supporter others] before becoming a leader that commands and influences.
There are set models on servant leadership; as well as a set of traits, behavioral attributes and outcomes that should follow a servant type leader. The key characteristics of servant leadership include listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship,…

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