Why Should We Seek to Become
a Servant Leader?

Servant Leadership is a leadership philosophy and approach that places the needs and well-being of others, at home and at work, at the forefront of leadership practices. Worldly speaking, it was first introduced by Robert K. Greenleaf in the 1970s and has since gained widespread recognition and adoption in various organizations and industries. Greenleaf’s publication of The Servant as Leader started the modern servant leadership movement which quickly made its way into classrooms and boardrooms around the world. Since then, many defining characteristics of servant leadership have been recognized in countless leaders throughout history — Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr. being some of the most famous.

Research* has shown that servant-led companies are more likely to outperform competitors, retain employees, and develop future leaders than companies that operate out of more traditional “command-and-control” leadership styles. (*Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership)

Servant leaders empower and serve their followers to achieve a shared Mission, Purpose (Vision) and Guiding Principles (Values) for the future — effectively “leading from behind.” Nelson Mandela illustrated this concept in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “A leader… is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

Servant Leaders seek to intentionally engage, empower, respect, build up & encourage… and speak the truth in love… at all levels within the organization!