Servant Leadership Companies List

Servant Leadership CompanyThere are many organizations that value servant leadership. However, I was unable to locate a consolidated list of these organizations. Therefore, in the interest of supporting servant leadership and those who seek to practice it’s principles, I created the table below. Whether you seek an employer that values servant leadership, data for research on leadership styles, servant leadership companies with which to network, or have some other interest in leadership, this list can help. The data is by no means comprehensive, yet. Please, if you have an organization to add, be sure they meet the qualifications below the table and please contact me with the details.

Companies Seeking Servant Leaders

Company NameCityState / RegionWebsite
7-ElevenDallasTX7-eleven.com
501c SolutionsBaltimoreMDamazingnonprofits.com
Accretive SolutionsTroyMIaccretivesolutions.com
ACT, Advocates for Community TransformationDallasTXactdallas.org
AFLACColumbusGAaflac.com
Agape FlightsVeniceFLagapeflights.com
Alpha Kappa PsiIndianapolisINAKPsi.org
Altarum InstituteAnn ArborMIaltarum.org
American Medical ResponseGreenwood VillageCOamr.net
Arrow Stage LinesNorfolkNEarrowstagelines.com
Astonish ResultsWarwickRIastonishresults.com
ATI Career Training CenterNorth Richland HillsTXaticareertraining.edu
Atwood Associates, LLCMadisonWIatwoodrecruiting.com
Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusaCAapu.edu
Balfour Beatty ConstructionDallasTXbalfourbeattyus.com
Banner Baywood Medical CenterMesaAZbannerhealth.com
Bradley GroupNashvilleTNthebradleygrp.com
Broetje OrchardsPrescottWA broetjeorchards.com
C3 ConsultingNashvilleTNc3-consult.com
CAP Carpet, Inc.Kansas CityMOCAP Carpet
Catholic Relief ServicesBaltimoreMDcrs.org
Cengage LearningFarmington HillsMIcengage.com
CentroChicagoILCentro.net
Centura HealthEnglewoodCOcentura.org
CH2M HillEnglewoodCOch2m.com
Chick-Fil-ACollege ParkGAchick-fil-a.com
Common GroundSeattleWAcommongroundwa.org
Container Store (The)CoppellTXcontainerstore.com
Darden Restaurants (Red Lolbster, Olive Garden...)OrlandoFLdarden.com
Datron World CommunicationsVistaCAdtwc.com
Dawn Food ProductsJacksonMIdawnfoods.com
Delek US HoldingsBrentwoodTNdelekus.com
Evergreen Freedom FoundationOlympiaWAeffwa.org
Flow CompaniesGreensboroNCflowauto.com
Food For The HungryPhoenixAZfh.org
Gabriel CenterMariettaGAgabrielcenter.org
Green Dot Public SchoolsLos AngelesCAgreendot.org
HCANashvilleTNhcahealthcare.com/
Heartland HealthSt. JosephMOheartland-health.com
HEMCO GagesHollandMIhemcogages.com/
Herman MillerZeelandMIhermanmiller.com
Herritage CommunityKalamazooMIheritagecommunity.com
Hess CorporationHoustonTXwww.hess.com
High-Tech ProfessionalsMexico CityMexicohightechpros.com
Hill House AssociationPittsburghPAhillhouse.org
Interstates CompaniesBloomingtonMNistate.com
Insperity Business SolutionsKingwoodTXinsperity.com
Invision, Inc.New YorkNYinvisioninc.com
JTC EducationAtlantaGAwww.javelintraining.com
Kaiser PermanenteOaklandCAkp.org
Keller Williams RealtySan DiegoCAkw.com
Koch CompaniesState UniversityARkochcompanies.com/
Landry's BicyclesNatickMAlandrys.com
Liberty DialysisMercer IslandWAlibertydialysis.com/
Louisiana Hospital AssociationBaton RougeLAlhaonline.org
Luna Data Solutions, Inc.AustinTXlunadatasolutions.com
MAPCO ExpressLittle RockARmapcoexpress.com/
Marian UniversityFond du LacWImarianuniversity.edu
Marriott InternationalBethesdaMDmarriott.com
Matrix Information ConsultingRochelle ParkNJmatrixcc.com
MedtronicMinneapolisMNmedtronic.com
Men's WearhouseHoustonTX MensWearhouse.com
ModClothSan FransiscoCAmodcloth.com
NordstomSeattleWAnordstrom.com
Nugget MarketWoodlandCAnuggetmarket.com
Oakwood VillageMadisonWIoakwoodvillage.net
Ochsner HealthNew OrleansLAochsner.org
Opportunity InternationalOak BrookILopportunity.org
Organisations That MatterMelbourneAustraliaorgsthatmatter.com
Oschner Health SystemNew OrleansLAochsner.org
Paragon SolutionsCranfordNJ.consultparagon.com
Pi Beta Phi FraternitySt. LouisMOpibetaphi.org
PPC Partners, Inc.MilwaukeeWIpieperpower.com
QuikTripTulsaOKquiktrip.com
Rally Software DevelopmentBoulderCOrallydev.com
REIKentWAREI.com
SASCaryNCsas.com
Savage CompaniesSalt Lake CityUTsavageservices.com/
Schmidt AssociatesIndianapolisINschmidt-arch.com
Schneider CorporationIndianapolisINschneidercorp.com
Service MasterMemphisTNServiceMaster.com
ServiceMasterMemphisTNservicemaster.com
Sonrise Christian SchoolCovinaCAsonrisechristian.org
Southwest AirlinesDallasTXsouthwest.com
Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, Inc.RiverdaleMDseedinc.org
St. Joseph Regional Medical CenterLewistonIDsjrmc.org
StarbucksSeattleWAstarbucks.com
SunDurance EnergyEdisonNJsunduranceenergy.com/
Synovus FinancialColumbusGAsynovus.com
TD IndustriesDallasTXtdindustries.com
Toro CompanyBloomingtonMNtoro.com
Trilogy Health ServicesLouisvilleKYtrilogyhs.com
U.S. CellularChicagoILuscellular.com
United States Air ForceWashingtonD.C.af.mil
United States ArmyWashingtonD.C.army.mil
United States Marine CorpsWashingtonD.C.marines.mil
United States NavyWashingtonD.C.navy.mil
Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTNvanderbilt.edu
Viterbo UniversityLa CrosseWIviterbo.edu
WageWorksLeawoodKSwageworks.com
Wal-Mart StoresBentonvilleARwalmartstores.com
WD-40 CompanySan DiegoCAwd40.com
WegmansRochesterNYwegmans.com
WesleyLifeWest Des MoinesIAwesleylife.org
West Coast ConsultingIrvineCAwestcoastllc.com
Whitepages.comSeattleWAWhitePages.com
Whole FoodsAustinTXwholefoodsmarket.com
Witt KiefferSpringfieldILwittkieffer.com
YUM Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's & more)LouisvilleKYyum.com
Zappos.comLas VegasNVZappos.com
Zingerman's Community of BusinessAnn ArborMIzingermans.com

Qualifications

In order to be considered for this list, an organization must meet the following qualifications. I may update these qualifications from time to time.

1. For-Profit / Non-Profit / Government: All types of organizations will be considered.

2. Not a Primarily Religious Organization: Unfortunately, I need to exclude churches and religious organizations whose primary mission is progressing their religion or faith. There are simply too many to list.

3. References to Servant Leadership: There must be at least one, publicly documented reference to the organization and its view of, support for, or belief in servant leadership principles. This may be in job descriptions, news articles, employee posts or other publicly available sources.

  • http://www.facebook.com/foodforthehungry Mark Kaech

    Great list! Thanks for compiling this!

    I work on staff at Food for the Hungry, one of the org's listed, and just wanted to shoot you a correction. Our org is actually located in Phoenix, AZ (not CA).

    Thanks again for your list…glad I stumbled across this today!

    Peace.

  • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

    Thanks for the compliment and the correction Mark. I'm glad you appreciate the list. I've made the correction for Food for the Hungry. Keep up the great work there!

  • Joe Kiedinger

    Love it. This movement is really taking off. I own a company founded in S.L. My biggest client as a TV rep started my ad agency. He introduced me to S.L. I wasn't being intellectually honest if I grew my marketing firm and didn't offer an education to my future client's leaders. This is at the heart of all communication.

    I now teach it and the clients we serve are grateful as well as we are humbly honored to teach and coach.

    Keep pushing@

    • http://ModernServantLeader.com Benjamin Lichtenwalner

      Thank you for the compliment and positive reinforcement Joe. The fields in which you operate undoubtedly have unique challenges to the practice of these principles. I’d welcome a guest post on your experiences here any time! Thank you for sharing.

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  • http://ecologicalleadership.blogspot.com/ Tom Jablonski

    Benjamin,

    You might want to add Robert Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership “best test” to your qualifications for making the list. The best test, from Greenleaf’s essay “The Servant as Leader”, “Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”

    Unfortunately, I believe that many on your list fail this test, and only make the list by claiming to use servant-leadership in name only. When you dig deeper into the list, I think you will find many examples where the ultimate goal is not about helping those served to grow, but to instead to pad the purses of those at the top or to keep the least privileged in their place. It has been my experience that Greenleaf’s complex concept of servant leadership is rarely practiced in most of our institutions.

    See my latest for more on the topic here http://ecologicalleadership.blogspot.com/.

    Fortunately that means we have many opportunities to improve. Just some thoughts.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent point Tom. Greenleaf had an excellent way of framing his views. Therefore, his test you quoted would be an excellent structure for certification of servant leadership practices. To be clear though, this list should not be considered a certification or validation of comprehensive servant leadership practices.

      Instead, the list is intended to represent organizations that at worst have expressed an interest in servant leadership, in most cases likely have pockets of servant leadership practitioners and at best, strive for servant leadership in all they do. If you know of anyone certifying organizations as consistent practitioners and documenting the validated list, please do let me know.

      Thank you for your contribution Tom. I look forward to reading more about ecological leadership as well..

      • Tom Jablonski

        Benjamen,

        When it comes to servant leadership, I am skeptical of those who claim to possess it. Servant leadership by it vary nature is not about becoming certified, or making top ten lists, etc. It is about a way of life, a way of being. So I am not aware of any certification organizations, and would be skeptical of any I come across. So keep on delving into it.

        Tom

        • http://modernservantleader.com/ Benjamin Lichtenwalner

          More excellent points – I agree. Thank you for your continued contributions here.


          Benjamin S. Lichtenwalner

          Web: ModernServantLeader.com
          Skype: Lichtenwalner.net
          Twitter: BLichtenwalner

    • Tracy

      Also, check out http://www.giantworldwide.com/executive-core/Worldwide. Very impressive! GiANT Impact is a class act, global corporation. Teaching and mentoring executives worldwide.

      • Tracy Schoech (Shay)

        For some reason the link to the core page is broken. Try this: http://giantimpact.com/. Also, Leadercast 2014 is May 9th. You can tune in from wherever you are. Last years Leadercast was spectacular! Many speakers that are relevant to this group.

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  • Anthony

    Thanks, Ben, for your great effort in compiling this list. I am currently conducting a dissertation (PhD) study on servant leadership in for-profit organizations. I am glad you wrote that companies on your list “value servant leadership”, not that they necessarily practice servant leadership. There is much more to the practice of servant leadership than the name.

    Tony  

    • http://modernservantleader.com/ Benjamin Lichtenwalner

      Agreed, Tony. You also run the challenge of pockets of servant leadership. Particularly in larger corporations, some departments, teams or individuals may practice servant leadership, while others do not.

      Good luck in your PhD studies!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Lacey-Hunt/1340050970 Kelly Lacey Hunt

    I am also working on some research for my doctoral degree and found your site to be very helpful.   Thanks!

    • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

      My pleasure, Kelly. Glad it is of benefit. I’d love to hear more about your research and/or get a copy of it when complete. In the meantime, good luck. Keep serving.

  • http://twitter.com/LeadServe James Townsend

    Yes, thanks Ben – great resource for those of us learning about Servant Leadership

  • Mardon Navalta

    I applaud the effort but I question the validity of the qualifications to be selected a Servant Leader company. A company that values good servant leadership through good PR does not make a company an authentic servant leader.  The claims are misleading and at best, dubious without accountability and transparency metrics. B Lab (www.bcorporation.net) is a non-profit organization that certifies a company that meet high standards (Certified B Corporation). 

  • Chris

    Ben,

    Just as an FYI, a company you can add to your list which subscribes to the servant leadership practice is Insperity Business Solutions, They have headquarters in Kingwood, TX and there website is http://www.insperity.com

    • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

      Thanks Chris – I’ve added them.

  • Rev. J. Jeffrey Zetto, Th.D.

    As I insert footnotes into tomorrow’s sermon, I am reminded of a three-generation servant leader family corporation/conglomeration, “Country Cupboard,” in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  I fondly remember being in the CEO’s office in the 1980s as he showed me the “Servant Leader Workbook,” which structured the style with which they operated … and grew … and grew.

    (The Rev.) J. Jeffrey Zetto
    Memorial Drive Lutheran Church
    Houston, Texas

  • MSG

    I am trying to find out how many servant leadership consulting business are in the US. Where can I find such data?

  • Angela

    Home Properties, Bethlehem PA. This company serve their employees to the extent I have not seen. They provide them with the obvious needs, training and support, visions, goals, and stakeholder value creation. In addition they provide them with opportunities to learn new languages, provide winter shoes and coats, and summer shoes along with a uniform service. In addition, they celebrate each employees birthday by providing lunch for the group. My family member works for this company has stated ” I have never felt such support or cared about by any company” (name withheld- 47yr male). I extended to complete a study on this publicly traded company, for which I found they are a for profit realestate investment fund-REIF, but they also provide a serve to each community to decide to work in.

  • Holly

    I completely agree that “valuing” servant leadership is only a first step towards actually practicing it. As to the study, it would be super cool if Anthony below (or someone) would include in his/her analysis the impact of SL on the bottom line. The last known tome that I can find is from 2008 in the book “The Business Case for Servant Leadership.” I’d love to see the info updated and to help persuade corporate types that it’s not the “soft” feel-good thing they think it is, but that there is demonstrable positive impact in dollars and cents and employee engagement (which affects dollars and cents).