Servant Leadership: A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness

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Paulist Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 370 pages
With the publication of Servant Leadership in 1977, a new paradigm of management entered the boardrooms and corporate offices of America. Robert K. Greenleaf, a retired AT & T executive, proposed that service ought to be the distinguishing characteristic of leadership. Not only would it create better, stronger companies, he said, but business leaders themselves "would find greater joy in their lives if they raised the servant aspect of their leadership and built more serving institutions." In the quarter century since these ideas were first articulated, the notion of servant leadership has gained ever more disciples in business schools, among executives, in government and in public and private institutions. Greenleaf was among the first to analyze the qualities of leaders and followers--and the necessity for leaders to be attentive to the needs of others. In this respect the leader becomes a follower.
 

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This is a very good book on leaders as servants; doing an excellent job of delineating what that idea truly means. The terminology can be a bit challenging as he writes across institutional lines ... Read full review

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If you care about how your kids relate to the business world buy them this book !This would fit college level kids and young adults in the business world ! Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Stephen R Covey Introduction by Robert K Greenleaf I THE SERVANT AS LEADER
THE INSTITUTION AS SERVANT
TRUSTEES AS SERVANTS
SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS
SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION
SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN FOUNDATIONS
SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN CHURCHES
SERVANTLEADERS
SERVANT RESPONSIBILITY IN A BUREAUCRATIC SOCIETY
AMERICA AND WORLD LEADERSHIP
AN INWARD JOURNEY
POSTSCRIPT
Afterword by Peter M Senge Index
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Robert K. Greenleaf was the creator of the modern trend to empower employees; he also coined the term servant-leadership. He was a top executive in management research, development, and education and AT&T, as well as a visiting lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School. He also taught at Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia. Upon his retirement from AT&T, he founded the Center for Applied Ethics, which eventually became the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, located in Indianapolis. Greenleaf died in 1990 at the age of 86.

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