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Contemporary Leadership

1. Create a group of four standards that you will use to evaluate leadership models. For example, one standard might be: It has been shown to lead to improved performance. Use these standards to evaluate three models of contemporary leadership (include servant leadership as one of these three models).

2. Identify the aspects of servant leadership that you believe are causing it to be selected by many senior leaders and boards of trustees.

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In his essay, "Servant Leadership" Robert K. Greenleaf (1970) defined the term The Servant as Leader.
The phrase in, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, he said: "The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first; perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions.

The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature." Greenleaf goes on to explain, "The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people's highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not ...

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The expert creates a group of four standards that you will use to evaluate leadership models. The aspects of servant leaderships that you believe are causes are identified.