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.

Required Reading

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

Blanchard, K. (2015). Satisfaction and great results come with servant leadership. YouTube Video. Retrieved from

McChrystal, S. (2011): Listen, learn…then lead. YouTube Video. Retrieved from

Myatt, M. (2012) 10 communication secrets of great leaders. Forbes/leadership. Retrieved from

Nagy, J. (2013). Servant leadership: Accepting and maintaining the call of service. Community Tool Box, University of Kansas. Retrieved from

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

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.

Case Assignment

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:

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