When I first sought to become more familiar with the available academic literature on leadership a few years ago, I encountered servant-leadership theory and the writings of Robert Greenleaf. In those materials I found a much more developed articulation of this philosophy, and it is the essence of that philosophy of leadership that I embrace. Stated succinctly, leadership has its roots in service, and effective leadership is based on service to others. Effective leadership comes from the desire to put the well-being of others first-whether they are students, faculty, employees, customers, or community-and to give priority to the interests of communities, institutions, or organizations, as opposed to one's own interests.
Robert H. Jerry II,
Reflections on Leadership, 38 University of Toledo Law Review 539
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