Why Servant Leadership?

January 19, 2010 at 11:55 am 1 comment

I have used this exercise many times.  Try it yourself and leave your answer in the comment section.

  Think of a great person that you admire and that exemplifies some leadership quality for you. After you think of this person think of the leadership quality that most strikes you about that person.

 When I ask this of groups I nearly always get similar answers: Jesus, Gandhi, George Washington, Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, the Dali Lama, Abraham Lincoln and Bono.  Certainly there are many more, but, this list represents some of my most common answers. 

When I ask the respondents why they chose as they did the answers remain strikingly similar as well.  Their chosen “leaders”  all represent a selfless quality (or qualities) and served others before self in the opinion of the respondents. 

Who you choose and why you choose them says something about you.  It means that you too see selfless servant leadership as an admirable quality.  I ask this both as a learning tool for those who visit here and as an excercise for myself to learn more about others. 

Thanks for participating!


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  • 1. Anna Bishop  |  May 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    In a Biblical sense Jesus was the most servant like because he washed the feet of his disciples and died for those he loved. In a historical sense Robert E. Lee is a servant figure. He sacrificed every thing to serve his country and to make sure that the men in his charge had the necessary acoutraments needed for war such as food and shoes when they could be procured.


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