Servant Leadership Paradox

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Servant Leadership Paradox
Jason Post, Student (University), United States

The paradox, or seemingly contradicting statement of servant leadership, in the context of leadership and management, can only be the idea “You can’t serve, if you lead.” this may look correct at the start, although, when focused on, one can find much truth in this statement.
I found a poem by Brewer, cited by Hansel, Holy Sweat, Dallas Texas, Word, (1987). The last line of this poem “Leading enough to Serve”, rings true to me. It shows while we believe leading is a form of control, controlling the actions and values of others, when you become a great leader, you are actually advancing the training, career, stability, and feelings of value to the organization in the ones you lead. In essence serving the ones you lead.



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