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Winter 2007


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.



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