Bible Integration Paper: Servant Leadership
In the 1970’s, servant leadership was a concept that was coined by the scholar and business man Robert K. Greenleaf. His approach to servant leadership has become one of the norms for our society in what a servant leader is portrayed to be. This method to leadership can be described as a leader who puts the interest and goals of others first rather than their own objectives. According to various scholars throughout time, servant leadership is an approach that can potentially be highly effective for influencing others to achieve goals. A leader willing to embrace a servant leadership perspective will realize that serving is not option; it a mandate. It’s an obligation that God has called all his disciples to portray when being placed in a leadership position. With countless accounts of servant leadership being portrayed in the Bible, servant leadership is not only a leadership style; but also a way of life for all Christians. Many might ponder on what servant leadership truly is. This article seeks to answer that question with correlation to both Greenleaf’s perspective and biblical foundation to servant leadership.
Servant leadership has become one of the most discussed topics in relation to the image leaders are supposed to reflect. There are many researchers that have attempted to develop the best overall definition such as, Robert Greenleaf, whose perspective is generally accepted by society as the norm. Analytically, leadership as a whole is now one of the most comprehensively researched topics of social influence. "Leadership is a process of influence. Anytime a person seeks to influence the thinking, behavior, or development of people in their personal or professional lives, they are taking on the role of a leader" (Blanchard & Hodges, 2005). When being a servant leader, a person...