How to Be a Servant Leader: 6 Qualities of Servant Leadership

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Last updated: Jan 24, 2022 • 2 min read

Robert Greenleaf published his essay “The Servant as Leader” in 1970, effectively coining the term “servant leader.” The essay details how there’s more to being a leader than decision-making skills—the people you lead have to trust you and believe you have their best interests at heart. The servant leadership theory puts an emphasis on facilitating the growth of people around you and serving the needs of others. It is one of many ways to make an effective leader.