Servant Leadership in the Workplace

  • Thomas KohntoppEmail author
  • Jack McCannEmail author
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Servant Leadership is a perspective, approach, and theory of leadership that has been recognized with merit, as addressed in this chapter. Our discussion begins with an overview, background, and a review of some relatively well-known foundational theories and concepts of leadership. The chapter then provides the origins, character, and purpose of Servant Leadership, and describes how Servant Leadership is intended to work. The chapter also evaluates how Servant Leadership may be adapted for use in today’s organizations, along with anticipated advantages and unexpected disadvantages. Finally, the chapter examines whether managers should attempt to be Servant Leaders and what putting Servant Leadership to practice in the workplace may mean and require.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Walden University, College of Management and TechnologyMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Kaplan University, Tusculum CollegeGreenevilleUSA

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