Essay on Servant Leader

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February 5, 2004 Greenleaf's The Servant Leader The Servant Leader discusses the importance of leaders who adopt a service oriented attitude in which they care for the needs of others before their own. A servant leader need not be an actual servant or have ever been a servant to become a servant leader. Rather, a servant leader is born with or adopts an "others first" disposition. Climbing through the ranks may help to create a servant leader, though it is not necessary. When leaders choose to see that the needs of their followers or their organizations are the highest priority they become servants. The importance of servant leadership should not be underestimated and it can be simplified and embodied in one timeless phrase:…show more content…
In a way, the servant leader reads his or her audience and adjusts accordingly. Under the heading Know the Unknowable – Beyond Conscious Rationality is a discussion of creativity. Leadership ". . . imposes some intellectual demands that are not measured by academic intelligence ratings" (14). The success of a leader is not determined solely on their intellect. While education certainly contributes, it is not a guarantee. What leaders need to know goes beyond what can be taught in a classroom or read in a book. The servant leader relies on intuition creativity. One of my favorite quotations appears in this section: "Others will depend on him to go out ahead and show the way because his judgment will be better than most. Leaders, therefore, must be more creative than most; and creativity is largely discovery, push into the uncharted and the unknown. Every once in a while a leader finds himself needing to think like a scientist, an artist, or a poet" (15). Ultimately, I find that Greenleaf would say that a combination of intellect and instinct make the best leaders. This quotation also suggests that a leader must be versatile rather than an expert in one or two areas. He or she should be able to step into the shoes of others and find new perspectives. Greenleaf's discussion of Awareness and Perception offers some especially important life
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