What is Servant Leadership? (Original)

What is Servant Leadership?

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first…”

– Robert K. Greenleaf

New to Servant-Leadership?

Check out this short PowerPoint deck focused on introducing the topic. In addition, you can read this blog post describing many of the core attributes of servant-leadership, review the top 5 servant leadership posts here, check out some of the videos below or visit these other sites for more information.

Servant Leadership Posts

Below are the top posts, here at The Modern Servant Leader, that you may find useful in learning more about servant leadership, the principles and those who practice it:

Servant Leadership Videos

There are many videos online with varying perspectives on servant leadership. Below are two of the best.

Southwest Airlines – Colleen Barrett

President of SouthWest Airlines, Colleen Barrett, speaks about Servant-Leadership at SouthWest while addressing UPenn Wharton. Date: 2008-07-09.

Dateline NBC – The Power of Faith

Dateline NBC presented this piece on a more religion-focused view of Servant-Leadership. It includes an interview with Larry Spears and a section on the success at Starbucks. Date: 2004-02-28.

Servant Leadership Sites

So you checked out some posts here, watched the videos and still want more? Great!

Welcome to the servant leadership club. It’s a small but growing group of folks who understand the true power of authentic leadership for sustainable success. The sites and folks below can help you on your journey.

Servant Leadership Organizations

Servant Leadership Blogs

Servant Leadership Consultants & Authors

Ready to get started?

Contact Ben today and see what a difference Servant Leadership makes!


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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Martin Luther King is among the greatest Servant Leaders this world has ever seen. His vision, leadership and ultimate sacrifice blazed a path for millions. There are many great posts, videos and other references that remind us of his vision and social injustices he would fight still today. Below are some of my favorites.

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