“The best test (of a servant leader) and difficult to administer, is: ‘Do those served grow as persons; do they while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely to become servants?’” – Robert Greenleaf
This post is the final installment in a blog series on Servant Leadership. Greenleaf’s hypothesis is that this particular servant leader characteristic is both a “best test” and “difficult to administer.” Let’s take a closer look.
To be a “best test” of any outcome is quite a feat. The test criteria include observable behaviors such as: growing as persons, becoming healthier, wiser, freer, and gaining autonomy. But perhaps the most desired outcome (at least for perpetuating the framework) is observing those served becoming servants. In other words, you know you are being successful as a servant leader when you witness those you have served beginning to serve others. I’m not just…
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