Essay on The Servant Leader By James Hunter
“The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. The conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead”(Greenleaf, 1970, p.42). The word nurse is derived from the Latin word nutriunt, which means to nourish; and it is rather apparent that in order to nourish, one must first be willing to serve; for a personal constitution that lacks the capacity to serve will always confuse wants with needs. As James Hunter institutes in his work The Servant, leaders are often faced with the choice of addressing the wants of their constituents or catering to their needs, and in order to be a true servant and create a benefit, one must truly be concerned with satisfying needs before wants (Hunter, 1998,p.65). The purpose of this essay is to examine the history of the Servant Leader ideology, the role of authority in leadership, and the correlations that the aforementioned have within the nursing profession; it is undoubtedly apparent that in order to be an effectual nurse, one’s aspirations must be predicted on the need to serve, which in turn will create an authority rooted in altruism; ultimately producing a leader who is capable of managing the pandemonium that is inherent to the daily life of a nurse.
History of Servant Leadership
Servant leadership is not a new ideology and many of its ideals were institutionalized centuries ago. Lao Tsu, a Chinese philosopher during the sixth-century B.C, wrote…