The Servant Leader Is A Servant

1562 WordsOct 23, 20157 Pages
There are many leadership styles one can try to emulate as a person grows in their leaderships role. Many of us struggle to engage teams, enrich the lives of team members, and build a stronger organization. American corporations are still recovering from the economic downturn of 2009. They are in desperate need of ethical and efficient leadership that helps others, devotes in their concerns and accomplishes a shared vision. “The servant-leader is a servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead” (Center for Servant Leadership, 2015). Introduction to Servant Leadership Of the numerous leadership styles, servant leadership has the strongest historical foundation. The notion of servant leadership can be traced back to the 4th century B.C., through the official papers of Lao-Tzu who lived in China 570 B.C. Lao-Tzu was a Chinese philosopher who taught, the concepts of servanthood were aligned with saving society from ethical decay. In early 1970, Robert Greenleaf wrote an essay supporting indifferent leadership as the motivation for the unrest of the sixties. “His composition promoted old theories as a new application to leadership; he expanded on the idea of serve to others and coined the phrase servant leadership” (Brewer, 2010). Greenleaf, an AT&T executive, implemented his servant leadership principals as a way to ensure his employee’s requirements were being served. The results of
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