In the movie Peaceful Warrior, the character “Socrates” (as played by Nick Nolte) says, “There’s no greater purpose than service to others.” This is the premise upon which servant leadership is based. However, in today’s economy, we see many leaders who are motivated by money, power, and prestige, but not by serving others.
Our forefathers, the first Presidents of the United States, were not motivated by money or the like, but out of a deep service to the establishment of this country. This SLP will examine their leadership styles through the lens of the servant leader.
Journal Articles and Websites: Journal articles can be found in the Trident Online Library. Book chapters are located in the same library, but you must click on “Additional Library Resources” and then search the eBook Academic Collection (EBSCO).
Barbuto, J. E., & Wheeler, D. W. (2007). Becoming a servant leader: Do you have what it takes? NebGuide. Retrieved from http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/publicationD.jsp?publicationId=873
Blanchard, K. (2015). Satisfaction and great results come with servant leadership. YouTube Video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDEgqbg40SM
McChrystal, S. (2011): Listen, learn…then lead. YouTube Video. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/stanley_mcchrystal
Myatt, M. (2012) 10 communication secrets of great leaders. Forbes/leadership. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikemyatt/2012/04/04/10-communication-secrets-of-great-leaders/#f9e0afc1e06e
Nagy, J. (2013). Servant leadership: Accepting and maintaining the call of service. Community Tool Box, University of Kansas. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/leadership/leadership-ideas/servant-leadership/main
Neufeld, D. J., Wan, Z., & Fang, Y. (2010). Remote leadership, communication effectiveness and leader performance. Group Decision and Negotiation, 19(6), 227-246.
Parris, D. L., & Peachey, J. W. (2013). A systematic literature review of servant leadership theory in organizational contexts. Journal of Business Ethics, 113(3), 377–393.
Peters, Tom (2010). Leadership: Servant Leadership. YouTube video. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHIKRmEaC6Y
Vancouver, J.S. (2013). Systems theory of organizations, in E.H. Kessler (ed) Encyclopedia of Management Theory vol II. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. pp 815-820.
Select one out of the first ten Presidents of the USA (George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, or John Tyler) who you consider to be an outstanding example of a servant leader. Then, prepare a 5- to 6-page paper (not including the cover and reference pages) in which you Analyze the leadership style of your selected President in terms of the Servant Leadership model, and critically comment on whether this approach would be effective in today’s world.
Keys to the Assignment
The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include:
- Conduct independent research on this individual and create a profile of this leader.
- What makes this person a servant leader? Support your answer with examples.
- Discuss the added value of a servant leader based upon your leader’s profile.
- Fast forward to today.
- Do you think servant leaders are needed in all organizations?
- What would an organization full of servant leaders be like? Justify your response.
- What are the significant contingencies that would lean in favor or against servant leadership?