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Overview of Servant Leadership

            How is servant leadership defined? This concept originated from a model of altruistic leadership by Robert Greenleaf that is not only considered ethical, but has a spiritual dimension [ CITATION Bea14 l 1033 ]. Servant leadership is based on the premise that leaders are more effective if they act as a servant by enabling, resourcing, supporting, empowering their followers and creating trust as an organizational cultural value [ CITATION Bea14 l 1033 ]. Robert Greenleaf contends the great leader is seen as a servant first, and that simple fact is the key to the leader's greatness [ CITATION Gre91 l 1033 ]. Another author that studies how a journey to servant leadership is a competitive advantage in business cites Mark 10:43-44 (NIV) "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all" [CITATION Bil11 l 1033 ]. Author Bill Flint further defines his definition of a servant leader in business as individuals who bring their purpose, passion and character, and when combined with their God-given skills and abilities for leadership, bring out the best in people, helping a business develop and implement a sustainable process for success [CITATION Bil11 l 1033 ]. On thoughts of working and service, Mother Teresa lovingly indicated that if we belong to Jesus, we will learn to believe, and if we believe we will learn to love, and if we love we will learn to serve [ CITATION Ter01 l 1033 ]. She further indicates the fruit of love is service [ CITATION Ter01 l 1033 ].
             How is general leadership defined? It can be argued there are so many definitions of leadership that nearly anyone can be identified as a leader. A standard dictionary defines leadership as the position of a leader or the quality displayed by a leader [ CITATION The90 l 1033 ]. Leading is influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done in order to achieve the mission and objectives established for the organization and facilitating the individual and collective contributions of others to achieve these desired results [ CITATION Bea14 l 1033 ].

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