Servant Leadership at the Top Position

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MARK ILUNGA BUKASA, Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Servant Leadership at the Top Position

For me this way of leadership is generally the best, but it sometimes depends of the position. The best way to serve people is by being in the top position. The efficiency is going up with high responsability in the organization. Being in the crowd will serve, but is not a high responsability. Someone who can rightly lead on a low level of responsability, has the skills for more.

  James Townsend
Manager, United States

Leading Anywhere in Organization

While you may have more power at the top of an org, you can lead and serve from whatever level you are in the organization. Consider Leo in the Hesse story (Greenleaf, 1970) - a servant who was more of the leader than anyone with a position of power.

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

A Servant Leader Primarily Serves

I concur with James. The most important word in "servant leadership" is the first one. According to Greenleaf, a servant-leader is always a servant at heart. He or she will be a servant at heart before, during, and after holding a leadership position, because that is who she is, deep down inside. The leadership position can be given or taken away, but the servant nature remains.
Source: Kent M. Keith, "He was a Servant First, a Servant at Heart", Center for Greenleaf Blog.


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