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This is the essay that started it all. Powerful, poetic and practical. The Servant as Leader describes some of the characteristics and activities of servant-leaders, providing examples which show that individual efforts, inspired by vision and a servant ethic, can make a substantial difference in the quality of society.

Greenleaf discusses the skills necessary to be a serv
Kindle Edition, 61 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership (first published 1991)
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Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an interesting article with many valuable insights. I will need to come back to some of these points to consider and discuss them further, but I particularly liked the idea that a true leader is chosen by their followers because they can be trusted, they have a vision, they listen, they serve, they make a difference.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“The great leader is seen as servant first, and that simple fact is the key to his greatness (p. 2).”

“Leadership was bestowed upon a man
Pamela T
This short essay is worth the pain of purchasing it in paperback through the Center for Servant Leadrship. Reconceptualizing the common idea and fundamentals of effective leadership, Greenleaf puts an inspiring clarity and simplicity to the nature of a true leader and what the results of true leadership look like. In opposite, you will realize and be able to identify the symptoms of leadership that's not truly effective and speak to them.
The popular textbook analysis of this essay is the book t
David D.  Knapp, Ph.D.
This long essay started the entire field of Servant Leadership and is a true classic in leadership literature. I believe every leader or aspiring leader should read and reread this essay until he or she understands that being a leader is about serving others - not the other way around.

I also believe in practicing what I preach, so I reread this at least once a year. And I always find something new in it with each reading. This time, it was the following paragraph on page 27:

"Foresight is the 'le
Nex Juice
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always considered myself a natural leader, which this book seems to demonize a bit. I don't know that I agree with 100% of it's information, but it's packed with a lot of great advice in a very tiny package. My full review and summary can be found on my Youtube -

Here are some of the highlights I liked most:

1) Seek to serve and create value as your primary purpose.
2) Realize there will always be emergencies, so you have to leave some energy in your ta
David Steyer
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Its a pamphlet, not a book, so it's a very quick read. I read it in a little over an hour. There are some really good thoughts that the author presents. On Ethics:

"The failure or refusal of a leader to foresee may be viewed as an ethical failure."

Interesting point. Especially in today's corporate environment of CYA and executives more concerned with survival than doing the right thing. This is further emphasized later when he mentions there are no evil people. There are, and he says, so, but you
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, impactful essay. Reading this essay gives context and foundation to what has become a buzz word. The world would be a better place if everyone who spoke the term "Servant Leader" actually read and followed the concept of this very short essay ...more
Micah  Douthit
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Interesting essay from the first person to coin the term "servant leader" in modern times. Greenleaf makes a very strong case for servant leadership in the workplace. There are large segments when he focuses simply on leadership, rather than servant leadership. ...more
Milton Flournoy
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Foundational learning

Great foundational learning reading. The context that Greenleaf provides on Servant leadership is indispensable. The reader will find themselves reflecting on the implications of there on leadership style.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Topic itself is super relevant and the references will be interesting to explore further. But the read itself is.. too much filled with slogans? There's enough of management thinkers who cover the topic better. But as an introduction to the concept, it's not that bad. ...more
christian salcianu
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No other way

I found “servant-leadership” as the best way to lead by the simple fact that, despite or even in spite of being counter intuitive and a paradox in itself, it is what Jesus showed us as “the way” - Do you want to lead? Be the last. That’s leading.
Egor Kachanov
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Classic with deep thoughts. A little bit hard to read these days
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Going to the source....
Drew Clancy
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book on leadership. A tour de force.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greenleaf leans into mysticism a bit much for my taste, but if you approach that as metaphor there's a lot to chew on in these short essays ...more
Read this and follow it and all the other trendy stupid leadership crap out there isn't needed. ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it for background on a course in leadership. It is to read about the origination of a leadership theory without all the dry, technical, research jargon that normally goes with this type of research. It was interesting to read how Greenleaf happened upon this leadership theory and his thoughts.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concepts set forth are five star and have shaped leadership literature since it was written. Book itself is a bit tough to get through. Many good - and not so good - adaptations since Greenleaf wrote this.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2015, 2017
The original essay that started the servant leadership movement.
Re-read. Last read = 23/07/2014 + read in 2015 & 2017
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read for people who manage people, whether you're in ministry or not! ...more
Dean Kephart
Another must for collective impact reading.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short essay introducing an important concept: the servant-leader.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book on servant leadership that at times is somewhat challenging to follow. However the principles outline in this book are worth re-reading again.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, challenging, and profound read that shows that the most effective leaders are those who are the most effective servants.
Hermann Schachtschneider
Want to be a leader? Start here. This is the way.
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