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The question of leadership has always been a crucial one for human society. Whether in politics, business, or education, thoughtful people have always asked, "What makes a good leader?" In 1970, with the publication of his now classic essay The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf answered this question with a revolutionary idea whose influences continue to be felt strongly to this day. Greenleaf proposed that truly great leaders are not motivated by the selfish desire to increase their own power or prestige, but by a yearning to help others. In other words, a great leader is, first and foremost, a servant to others.
A guide to ethical and empowering leadership for teachers and trainers in every field. In this inspirational and practical book are gathered some of the classic works of visionary management consultant and educator Robert K. Greenleaf. This volume includes his definitive work on developing servant-leadership in a university, Teacher as Servant. Along with that parable are two of his essays, "Life's Choices and Markers, " and the original version of "The Servant as Leader, " written for a student audience. Each provides a different but complementary perspective on servant-leadership and its relationship to the art of teaching and the act of learning. For this edition, the editors have added commentary to make the parable and essays even more useful to those interested in the teaching and practice of servant-leadership.