Select one out of the first ten Presidents of the USA (George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, or John Tyler) who you consider to be an outstanding example of a servant leader. Conduct independent research on this individual and create a profile of this leader that addresses the following:
-What makes this person a servant leader? Support your answer with examples.
-Discuss the added value of a servant leader based upon your leader's profile.
-What would an organization full of servant leaders be like? Justify your response.
-Do you think servant leaders are needed in all organizations? What are the significant contingencies that would lean in favor or against servant leadership?
I am happy to guide your answers as the goal is not to provide answers but to lead you towards the creation of your own answers.
I will provide you a framework of servant leadership that will assist you in determining which of the Presidents was an exemplary servant leader.
Servant leadership was a theory proposed by Robert K. Greenleaf. This leadership style sees the leader serving others often at the expense of his own self interest. The leader's greatest motivation is to serve first. Characteristics of servant leaders include:
-valuing of others
-trustworthy - they can be trusted and also trust others
-they share power
-enhance the self worth of others
-they unleash the creativity of others
-inspire commitment and loyalty and a sense of community
-they embody the attributes of - listening, empathy, stewardship, commitment, persuasion and awareness
You therefore in examining the Presidents must note which ones exhibited these characteristics. It is these things that would make the chosen President a servant leader. Let us look at George Washington briefly. Washington encouraged participation nd believed and was a team player putting himself on the front lines in battle - to serve his nation and and provide leadership to his troops thus increasing troop morale. This is a good ...
Provides an insight into the characteristics of a servant leader and the advantages and disadvantages of this leadership style. Additionally, it discusses the factors that allow for the implementation of servant leadership.