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ERIC Number: ED407024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Servant Leadership: Robert K. Greenleaf's Legacy and the Community College.
Shugart, Sanford
The term "servant leadership" involves putting people and ethical considerations intentionally ahead of short term institutional or personal self-interest. In the 1960s, Robert K. Greenleaf wrote the first of several books on servant leadership, arguing that institutions were both the glory and bane of modern society because they extended essential human services beyond the wealthy few, but also often behaved in unresponsive, bureaucratic, and destructive ways. The servant leader's central mission is to call institutions back to their fundamental mission of service, raising the institution's capacity to serve and to perform as a servant. Servant leaders are characterized by the use of persuasion over coercion, sustaining spirit over ego, foresight over control, listening over directing, acceptance over judgment, and systematic neglect over perfectionism. Structural changes will be required in the shape and culture of institutions, including the need for trustees to take on a regenerative role and to have more authority in staffing college administrations, while true servant institutions will modify hierarchies into teams, honor questioning and criticism, and address the corrupting influence of power. While community colleges are the most vital servant institutions of this century, they should not think that reforms are not needed with respect to the use of coercion with college students, the operation of boards of trustees, and the continued use of hierarchies. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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