The phrase “Servant Leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970, launching the modern servant leadership movement. In that essay, he said: "The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature."
Servant Leadership: A Journey Into The Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness, Robert K Greenleaf, Paulist Press, New York, 1977.
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The Power of Servant Leadership, by Robert K Greenleaf, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, California, 1998. Amazon UK, Amazon USA.
Synchronicity: the Inner Path of Leadership, by Joe Jaworski, Peter Senge (Introduction). Jaworski's account of the influence of synchronicity on his life is well written and interesting. He describes how he became dissatisfied with his successful life-style, he was a highly paid trial lawyer, and wanted to do something else. He resisted this, but details a number of influences and incidents that were important for his own development and growing awareness.
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