Servant Leadership: Theories And Theory Of Leadership

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Leadership is a concept that many probably think is a clear-cut subject that is well understood and extremely recognizable. Most would likely picture an all-powerful person in a position with great authority, such as a chief executive officer (CEO) of a company or a leader of a country. These individuals, would commonly be identified as obvious examples of people who have qualities, skills, or traits that have set themselves apart from “the common man” and propelled them into the positions they now hold. It would probably surprise many, then, to find out that leadership is not as obvious a concept as commonly perceived. In fact, as these individuals begin to study the numerous theories and studies on leadership, a picture obscure and nonsensical…show more content…
His name was Robert Greenleaf (1904-1990) and he was a pioneer of what has become a commonly known and widely used strategy among some of the most influential leaders. This theory has come to be known as Servant Leadership. A broad description of servant leadership in Greenleaf’s own words is a follows: “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.” (Greenleaf, 1977, p. 6). Obviously, this theory places a high level of importance on leaders helping their followers achieve goals by giving them the tools and knowledge necessary to…show more content…
During an interview, Covey was asked what he believed effective leadership looked like. Covey’s response was, “My definition of leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” (Covey, The Leader Formula: The 4 Things That Make A Good Leader, 2007). Communication, inspiring, motivating, being authentic, and honesty are all qualities of an effective leader that would help “inspire” followers to reach for the stars and achieve greatness in Covey’s

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