Summary of The Power of Servant Leadership


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The Power of Servant Leadership book summary
The servant leader leads by serving, and by causing others to serve. And, yes, that is a management strategy.


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The late Robert K. Greenleaf was widely revered for his profound impact on leadership theory during the last three decades of the 20th century. Eight of his most compelling essays on servant-leadership (a term he coined) are published here in book form for the first time. These essays testify to Greenleaf’s legacy and to his important role in the philosophies of leadership and service. Issues of spirit, vision and wholeness are woven through many of these essays, which address individual and institutional leadership in all areas, including government, business, religion, education and philanthropy. getAbstract highly recommends this eloquent book to those contemplating or holding leadership positions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What it means to be a “servant leader”;
  • Why servant leadership strengthens institutions and society; and
  • Why vision is an important element to servant leadership.


The Power of Servant Leadership
In The Servant as Leader, published in 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf first defined servant-leadership, a term he coined that continues to challenge and inspire people worldwide. "The servant-leader is a servant first. It begins with the natural feeling ...
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About the Author

Robert K. Greenleaf , the former director of management research at AT&T, was a visiting lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at Harvard Business School. He died in 1990. The book was edited by Larry C. Spears , CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership.

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