Profoundly Relational, Creative, Holistic, and Integrative

  • John Henry Horsman
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment book series (PSTWSP)


Robert K. Greenleaf’s writings are seminal to the Servant-leader philosophy and all that is presented herein. The first chapter begins with an invitation for the reader to become a Servant-leader in training. The notion of a servant-consciousness supported by a clarified Servant-leader disposition is introduced and defined for this emerging and transforming philosophy. Serving-first differentiates Servant-leader development, as it distinguishes the motive, the purpose, and the way to lead. Leadership understood through the lens of human development is a theoretical justification for the philosophy of Servant-leadership. Introductory assumptions and clarifications on transforming leadership, the crisis of leadership, a deeper view of Greenleaf’s motive for serving-first, and a natural resistance to Servant-leadership are addressed. Finally, a creative exploration of the motive for serving-first is presented.


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  • John Henry Horsman
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  1. 1.Gonzaga UniversitySpokaneUSA

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