when the going gets tough

Servant leadership is based on ethical behavior (Spears, 2002). Greenleaf (2002) saw the corruption of institutions, understood the lure of traditional power, and advocated using power in a different manner (Narvaez, 1990). Many leaders get caught in the web of hierarchical leadership and view servant leadership as contradictory (Spears, 2002). Servant leaders do not compromise their ethical principles in order to be successful (Northouse, 2016).

  • How would you encourage someone on a journey of servant leadership to respond to situations when the easy thing to do is not necessarily the right thing?
  • Give an example of ethical servant leadership.
  • What actions would you encourage the leader to take to practice servant leadership in a difficult situation?
  • Why is servant leadership a better course of action than coercion and intimidation?

Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.

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Greenleaf, R. K. (2002). Servant leadership in business. In L. C. Spears (Ed.), Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness (pp. 147-175). Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.

Narvaez, A. A. (1990, October 2). Robert K. Greenleaf, 86, pioneer of humanist business philosophy. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/02/ obituaries/robert-k-greenleaf-86-pioneer-of-humanist-business-philosophy.html

Spears, L. C. (2002). Introduction: Tracing the past, present, and future of servant-leadership. In L. C. Spears & M. Lawrence (Eds.), Focus on leadership: Servant-leadership for the twenty-first century (pp. 1-16). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

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