WHAT IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP?
While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, Greenleaf said:
“The servant-leader is 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. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them, there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.
“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?“
A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.
A GLOBAL GATHERING FOR LEADERS WHO SERVER FIRST
Becoming a servant-leader is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Sometimes it’s up-close and hands-on. At other times it’s watching from afar, allowing room for the development of character. But whether near or far, in-step, ahead, or behind, the servant-leader is always connected, leading with intention, serving to elevate.
IT’S TIME TO REIMAGINE THE WAY WE LEAD
Join us June 10-12 and discover the power and potential that’s released when we lead as servants first. As a servant-leader, you’ll discover how to create more people-centered institutions, strengthen relationships, and provide greater creative opportunities throughout society. Let’s build a world designed for others to flourish. Let’s lead by serving.