Dr. Robert Thomas
The philosophy of Robert K. Greenleaf outlined in his essays on servant leadership can be beneficial to students as they embark upon their career and future leadership roles. The concept of servant leadership is often misunderstood and discounted as a viable leadership model for the corporate world. However, Greenleaf emphasized the critical nature of institutions and described himself as a student of organizations. Servant leadership is defined as a philosophy of life and leadership dedicated to the growth of others and committed to building values-driven institutions that contribute to just, caring, and sustainable societies. Greenleaf placed emphasis on the role of values, personal introspection, and the ability of the servant leader to understand the environment in which they operate. He was also concerned with the methods used to achieve objectives.