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Maintaining Your Stance: History Reveals the Cost to Servant-Leaders

  • Carolyn Crippen
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Abstract

What can we learn from an analysis of the life journey of historical servant-leaders? Those who aspire to this leadership philosophy embrace the belief that their goal is to build a caring, collaborative, and just society (Greenleaf, The servant as leader. The Robert K. Greenleaf Center 1991/1970) that provides the opportunity for all to develop to the best of their potential. Simply, the nature of such positive and powerful aspirations will be challenged by a variety of obstacles during a lifetime. The chapter will present readers with stories of five recognized servant-leaders from the past. Today’s aspiring servant-leaders can appreciate the triumphs and costs and courage exemplified by these earlier men and women, and hopefully, are encouraged to maintain their own stance now and in the future.

Keywords

Historical Stance Character Bravery Crucible 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn Crippen
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  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, Faculty of EducationUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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