Summary of Becoming a Servant-Leader

A Workbook for Bringing Skill and Spirit to Professional and Personal Life

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Becoming a Servant-Leader book summary
Serve and lead at the same time: Embracing servant-leadership will change your business and personal relationships.


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Servant-leaders respect their employees, encourage open communication, demonstrate honesty and seek consensus whenever possible. They don’t use their power to intimidate or create fear. Those clinging to “my way or the highway” management should tap into the knowledge and insight of authors Rayna Schroeder, Jim Henkelman-Bahn and Jackie Bahn-Henkelman. Their workbook, published by the nonprofit Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership, explains the components of servant-leadership and offers helpful exercises and scenarios. Adopting the noble objectives of servant-leadership requires commitment and a specific mind-set, but the benefits are profound and undeniable. getAbstract recommends this wise guide to leaders at all levels and to those who wish to lead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why servant-leadership means putting other people’s needs ahead of your own;
  • How servant-leaders resolve conflict through mutual understanding, not confrontation; and
  • How you can transform your organization through servant-leadership.


Others Come First
Instead of leading by intimidation and force, servant-leadership works through empathy, compromise and putting others’ needs before your own.

Servant-leaders demonstrate 10 abilities: “Listening” – Pay active attention to what...
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About the Authors

Rayna Schroeder is the chief encouragement officer of Joy of Life Coaching. Jim Henkelman-Bahn and Jackie Bahn-Henkelman own Bahn-Henkelman Consultants. Rev. Katherine Elberfeld founded the nonprofit Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership where her son, Mark Elberfeld, is president. The center originally published this book in three volumes entitled Leading With Skill and Spirit: The Servant-Leader Journey.

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    Amy Meeuwenberg 3 weeks ago
    Great summary and helpful behaviors highlighted. Respect, honesty, open communication and seeking input to gain mutual understanding.

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