Values of Servant Leadership

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Values of Servant Leadership

Values of Servant Leadership Servant Leadership (DMC 4113) SCD 207/07 Ghana Christian University College 3068 Words October 2010

Values of Servant Leadership 2 Table of Contents Pages 1. Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………3 2. Leadership and Leadership Styles......……………………………………………..............4 3. Servant Leadership...............................................................................................................6 4. Values of Servant Leadership............................................….……………………………..8 Stewardship..........................................................................................................................9 Empathy................................................................................................................................9 Empowerment......................................................................................................................9 Persuasion...........................................................................................................................10 Foresight.............................................................................................................................10 5. Evaluation………………………………………………………………………………...10 6. Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………..12 7. References………………………………………………………………………………..14

Values of Servant Leadership 3 Abstract Theories of leadership have progressed from a perspective on traits approach, style approach, situational approach, contingency theory and lately, to contemporary approaches of servant leadership (Northouse, 2007). This theoretical paper proposes that a leaders’ leadership style and the values embedded in that leadership style are a vital impetus the leader is required to imbibe and practice, in order to effect change. Though theorist have propounded many leadership styles like charismatic, transformational, transactional, and servant leadership, this paper will focus on five values or characteristics rooted in the servant leadership style and its potential to implement positive change in any given organization. The values to be addressed are stewardship, empathy, empowerment, persuasion, and foresight (Greenleaf, 1998).

Values of Servant Leadership 4 Leadership and Leadership Styles The term leadership has evolved and its paradigms and structures are continually changing. Conversely leaders and organisations in the twenty-first century are still practising and exhibiting the traditional paradigms of leadership (Herbert, 2005). Leadership is generally defined as the process and ability to influence followers to achieve a shared goal (Hay & Hodgkinson, 2005). Adding to the leadership literature, Rost (1991) propounds a theory stating a case that leadership is relational. His assertion is that “leadership is a dynamic relationship based on mutual influence and common purpose between leaders and collaborators in which both are moved to higher levels of motivation and moral development as they affect real intended change” (Rost, 1991, p. 21). In comparison both the traditional and propounded theory considers leadership as a relationship with an element of influence or persuasion which leaders use to pursue their purpose. In addition, both definitions have a purpose or goal to be achieved that is said to exist when there is a group or two variables, in that, traditional leadership consist of a leader and follower(s) and leadership as a relationship has a leader and collaborator(s). The concept of leadership can best be understood when one is able to capture the various trends and approaches to leadership. In the early 1990’s the Great Man theory of leadership was at the forefront of how leaders were identified (Northouse, 2007). In this theory key characteristics of successful leaders were identified and this was eminent in certain individuals who had special innate qualities and characteristics that great social,...
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