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Product Details

  • Paperback: 61 pages
  • Publisher: The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership; rev Edition edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982201222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982201220
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert K. Greenleaf (1904-1990) founded the Center in 1964 as the Center for Applied Ethics. Greenleaf was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, and spent most of his organizational life in the field of management, research, development, and education at AT&T.

When Greenleaf retired from AT&T in 1964, he launched a new career as speaker, writer, and consultant. Greenleaf coined the term "Servant Leadership," and wrote and spoke extensively on the subject. In 1970 he published "The Servant as Leader," an essay which launched the servant leadership movement in the United States.

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Many organizations have taken up his proposal as well as plenty of scholarly dissertations and research follow-up.
Elisabeth
Mr. Greenleaf's compelling insight into the essence of true leadership based on the servant perspective shows how true leaders lead from the front...and the back.
Tim D from Dallas
I first read this little book in the mid-70's... would like to see our government leaders read and put the concepts into practice.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Tim D from Dallas on September 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
This very small book takes only and hour or two to read yet a lifetime to digest. Mr. Greenleaf's compelling insight into the essence of true leadership based on the servant perspective shows how true leaders lead from the front...and the back.
The reader will quickly grasp the servant leader model at work in the true great leaders of the 20th century such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi. These people who made enormous differences in their own country and the world at large through leading by service.
The book is not in any way a religious treatise but a thought provoking, energizing investigation into what may be the only leadership paradigm that the upcoming generation will respond to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doc Arnett on September 4, 2013
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I was hoping for practical/pragmatic advice, not an esoteric piece of philosophical exhortation. Greenleaf's essay is regarded as very influential, pivotal and foundational. So, for historical value, I can see it has a place. For leaders interested in operationalizing the concept, for those interested in what servant leadership looks like in practice... this isn't going to give you what you're looking for.
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By Michael on June 18, 2014
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Reading this book applies as much today as the day it was written. Greenleaf reminds us how to get back to the basics of leading well. It's simple; you have to care for those you lead. True leadership is touchy and feely--it's empathic. Through empathy, a leader learns she must serve her followers if she is going to lead them well. A must read!
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A wonderful insight into being successful no matter what the decade, timeless. Would highly recommend this essay to provide a different insight.
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Inspiring read for leaders, especially school leaders. How could one not want to go out and serve others. Mr. Greenleaf has it right.
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Servant Leadership is often uttered, but rarely understood. This seminal essay provides the meaning behind the phrase. It challenges you to create dangerously.
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By Paul Joyce on December 10, 2013
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Copier quality booklet was overpriced. Content was fine though Greenleaf's insights and hypotheses did not revolutionize my thinking about this topic.
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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.
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