ERIC Number: ED206206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Servant: Retrospect and Prospect.
Greenleaf, Robert K.
Perspectives concerning the need for a more caring, serving society and for raising the serving capacity of institutions in society are considered. It is suggested that in the university there should be a more determined effort to develop the servant leadership potential that exists among students. Although students with athletic potential find elaborate coaching resources available, nothing explicit is done in the crucial undergraduate years to develop leadership potential. This situation might be addressed by the rare professor who independently takes an interest in this aspect of student growth. Additionally, a college president could personally offer to lead a noncredit seminar for elected student leaders. The agenda of the seminar might be discussions with invited resource people and sharing between the president and the student leaders on matters of mutual concern in their current leadership roles. Young people can be helped to accept the world and to believe that they can learn to live productively in it as it is, to make a small part of the world a little better. The potential role of seminaries and foundations in encouraging servant leaders and bringing together communities of seekers is noted. Important to receiving, communicating, and responding to liberating visions are immersion in the experiences the world offers, acceptance of people involved in these experiences and learning what motivates them, and being open to receive and act upon what inspiration offers. (SW)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Church Related Colleges, Church Role, Citizenship Responsibility, College Role, College Students, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Leadership Responsibility, Philanthropic Foundations, Social Responsibility, Student Leadership, Student Teacher Relationship
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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