The Theory Of Servant Leadership Essay

1630 Words May 3rd, 2016 null Page
According to Martin M. Chemers (2004), professor of psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, leadership is a process of social influence in which the leader enlists the talents and efforts of other group members, in order to accomplish the groups’ common goal (Van Knippenberg, D., & Hogg, M. A., p. 6). Throughout the semester we studied about different leadership theories such as Path-Goal theory, Transformational Leadership, Situational Approach, and so many more. However, there was one theory that specially caught my attention and made me feel totally related to it. People who practice this leadership style care for the well-being and needs of others, their personal development, and the community in overall. This theory is Servant Leadership (SL). The idea of Servant Leadership goes back to thousands of years ago, however, the most modern movement of SL was first introduced by Robert K. Greenleaf back in the 70’s when he defined it as being a servant first, having the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve your followers first, and then aspire to lead (Greenleaf, 1970, p. 15). In his writings, he defines ten characteristics that are crucial for a servant leader. Two of those ten characteristics are commitment to the growth of people and building community. These two, in my opinion, are the most important attributes a servant leader must have. On the other hand, Kathleen Patterson (2003) introduced a new model of SL in which she defines it…

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