Robert Greenleaf (1904-90)
American (pictured right) whose idea of “servant leadership” (see below) has been very influential.
A leader should serve people above anything else.
This idea of “servant leadership” is more precisely defined through these questions:
- Do those served grow as persons?
- Do they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?
- What is the effect on the least privileged in society?
- Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?
So a leader should be:
1. Chosen by their
2. Primus inter
First among equals.
Tolerant, sensitive and a good listener.
Turning their people into servants.
5. A community builder
Inspiring co-operation and commitment through a shared purpose and vision.
Putting thought into action.
Character, trust, respect and integrity.
8. A steward
(of people’s spiritual and physical welfare).
An instinct for the unforeseeable and unknowable (because there is never enough information).
Responsiveness to the needs of the underprivileged.
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The great leader is seen as servant first.
Legitimacy begins with trust.
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The work exists for the person as much as the person exists for the work.