Spirituality and Servant Leadership

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Spirituality and Servant Leadership Introduction What is a serving society and does that concept embrace spirituality? Does the fact of incorporating spirituality into an organization or a workplace provide healthier and more effective employees? How does the concept of a serving society and an organization that incorporates spirituality into its mission relate to Robert Greenleaf's servant leadership model? These questions and issues are reviewed and critiqued in this paper. A Serving Society Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter was interviewed by The Boston Globe, and she was asked about the impact on society when companies serve the social good. A company should "use its clout for social good," Kanter explained, and by serving society a company can "enrich and inform its business strategy" (Weisman, 2009). Can a vanguard company make money and serve a social purpose are those goals compatible? Kanter replies to that question by pointing out that IBM and Procter & Gamble are "highly sustainable" and very profitable companies and the "…idea of serving society is embedded in the way they think about innovation" and the way they strategize moving into new markets (Weisman, p. 1). In other words, serving a social need doesn't necessarily mean the company is giving money to nonprofits that feed the homeless; it means the company invests in the future by innovating products and services that meet social needs and also happen to be profitable. Companies
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