Reflections on Robert K. Greenleaf and servant‐leadership

Larry Spears (Executive Director, The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant‐Leadership, Indianapolis, USA)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Explains that servant‐leadership is a leadership term and philosophy which was originated by Robert K. Greenleaf, and which puts serving the greater needs of others as the primary goal of leadership. In a ground‐breaking 1970 essay, entitled The Servant as Leader, Robert Greenleaf suggested how caring for our many institutions, and each other, can occur through the practice of servant‐leadership. In the 1980s and 1990s servant‐leadership has become a major focus and goal in leadership and management writings, and in organizational practice.



Spears, L. (1996), "Reflections on Robert K. Greenleaf and servant‐leadership", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 17 No. 7, pp. 33-35.

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