The Servant, A Simple Story About The True Essence Of Leadership By James C. Hunter

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Servant Leadership Characteristics and Their Application to Practice According to the Oxford dictionary, leadership can be defined as “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”. The oxford dictionary then defines a leader as “leading or commanding a group of people, an organization, or a country”. These definitions are very broad and undescriptive compared to the definition, true meaning, and characteristics of servant leadership. Many texts have been published about the servant leadership qualities and their application to practice. In one book, The Servant: A simple story about the true essence of leadership by James C. Hunter, Hunter dives deep into the essence of true servant leadership in his book by defining leadership and the characteristics it takes to be a servant leader through novel form. However, the idea of servant leadership was developed by Robert K. Greenleaf in the 70’s, whom describes that to be a true leader, one must become a servant first to those he or she leads (Marquis & Huston, 2012). 35 years later, servant leadership qualities “continue to greatly influence leadership thinking in the 21st century” (Marquis & Huston, 2012). The Servant gives a good definition of leadership as “the skill of influencing people to do work enthusiastically toward goals identified as being for the common good”. Though every characteristic and model discussed in the texts are important to becoming a servant leader, only three will be discussed in this

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