Servant And Authentic Leadership Theories

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Servant and Authentic Leadership Theories: Short Paper Examination Introduction Effective leadership, commonly regarded as both a learned skill and innate ability, is an essential characteristic of successful organizations (Northouse, 2016). Great leaders are said to define purpose, create a vision for the future, set high ethical standards, and guide their organizations through many circumstances and into new directions (Morrill, 2007; Parris & Peachey, 2012). Leadership is also described as complex – it can mean different things to different people. Given there is no standard approach to leadership, scholars focus on the process of leadership as opposed to the definition (Northouse, 2016). As a process, leadership is not simply…show more content…
As discovered in the course readings and discussions, the constructs of leadership have been examined since the early twentieth century with modern leadership frameworks continuing to emerge. In the last decade, a greater demand on organizational and business ethics has called for further research of theories grounded in moral decision-making processes (Mittal & Dorfman, 2012, Parris & Peachey 2012). This paper will examine two theories often associated with leadership ethics: servant leadership and authentic leadership. The structure of this paper will include a brief review of the history, concepts, and research of servant and authentic leadership. Servant Leadership Though the concept of servant leadership has biblical and philosophical ties dating to earlier times in history, Robert K. Greenleaf used a series of essays to coin the term in the 1970s (Mittal & Dorfman, 2012, Northouse, 2016). Greenleaf regarded servant leadership as a way of life rather than a management technique, describing it as an inward lifelong journey guided by the natural feeling one has to serve others first (Parris & Peachey, 2012). Centered in altruism, servant leadership is the only leadership approach grounded in the principle of caring for others (Northouse, 2016). Today, scholars widely believe the conceptualization of servant leadership as a human calling delayed empirical research (Northouse, 2016,
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