The Power of Servant-leadership: Essays
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1998 - 313 pages
In 1970, retired AT&T executive Robert K. Greenleaf coinedthe term'servant-leadership' to describe a kind ofleadership that he felt was largely missing fromorganisations. It was Greenleaf's belief that leadershipought to be based upon serving the needs of others, and ofhelping those who are served to become `healthier, wiser,freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to becomeservants.' Over the next twenty years, Greenleaf wrote aseries of highly influential books and essays which havehelped to lead the way for the emerging model in leadershipand management. The Power of Servant Leadership is acollection of Greenleaf's finest and most mature essays onservant-leadership, designed to stimulate and inspire manypeople in their practice of a more caring, serving kind ofleadership.Sales PointsA powerful collection of Robert K. Greenleaf's finestwritings, available for the first time in book formGreenleaf'1977 book, Servant Leadership, has sold more than90,000 copies and, twenty years later, still sellsapproximately 5,000 copies a yearGreenleaf is widely recognised as a seminal thinker in theareas of leadership and management, having influenced manyof today's leading management gurus including Peter Senge,Peter Vaill, Margaret Wheatley, Warren Bennis, Jim Kouzes,and others.
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Page 4 - 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. He or she is sharply different from the person who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions.