The Leadership Of Servant Leadership

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Unit 2 Journal The second unit ‘Leading by Serving’ discussed the topic of servant leadership. Through examples of people from past and present we learned who servant leaders are and what their qualities and characteristics are. We also learned about the importance of servant leaders in other people’s lives and that being a servant leader is a decision and has nothing to do with our position. In my life there has always been a group of people who I admired for having something what I described to myself as an “inner light,” a special quality when it came to relationships with others. This unit showed me the secret was often the servant leadership role they play or played in their lives. I realized putting other peoples needs before mine is not only what I’ve been thought to do through my life, but what should be a priority for me both in my personal life and in my dream of becoming a successful manager/leader. “The great leader is seen as servant first, and that simple fact is the key to his greatness,” says Robert K. Greenleaf in an essay “The Servant as Leader” in which he explains and defines servant leadership (Phi Theta Kappa 75). Greenleaf talks about many qualities important for servant leaders: inter alia, the servant leader is the one who takes the responsibility for both success and failure, he has the vision, he listens and understands his followers, “he always accepts and empathizes, never rejects” and he knows about the love needed for a growth of a healthy

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