Mbodying the Characteristics of Great Leaders

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Please use the Course Text and these chapters:

Spears, L. C., & Lawrence, M. (Eds.) (2004). Practicing servant leadership: Succeeding through trust, bravery, and forgiveness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
o Foreword
o Preface
o Chapter 2, The Understanding and Practice of Servant-Leadership”
o Chapter 4, Love and Work”

These chapters provide background for thinking about servant-leadership, tracing its development across four decades. In particular, Chapter 2 defines servant-leadership and identifies the characteristics shared by servant-leaders. Likewise, applied servant-leadership principles are described across diverse sectors, both public and private, from educational institutions to nonprofit organizations.

In Chapter 4, John Noble and Larry Spears interview poet, speaker, and leadership consultant James Autry. Their conversation touches on matters related to Autrys own influences, his views on the growth of servant-leadership philosophy and practice, his thoughts on what it takes to become an effective servant-leader in our world today, and how cultural factors play a role in the process.

Identify a leader who embodies the characteristics of the type of leader you most wish to become. Feel free to choose a great leader for me”

Referring to the 10 characteristics of leadership outlined in Chapter 2 of your text Practicing Servant Leadership, evaluate the leader you have selected in terms of these characteristics.

Note: I have looked at Steve Jobs, (you can pick someone else) as long as the questions are answered”.

This is the info I have on Steve Jobs…just in case you decide to use this info”
I like Steve Jobs Leadership Qualities:
Adaptability (Flexibility)
Focus (Attention, emphasis)
Urgency (Determination)
Vision (Idea, dream)

The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is an international nonprofit organization that promotes the understanding and practice of servant leadership.
Optional Resources

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2007). The leadership challenge (4th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Tannenbaum, R., & Schimidt, W. H. (1973). How to choose a leadership pattern. Harvard Business Review, 51(3), 162-180. Retrieved from the Business Source Premier database.

Van Vugt, M., Hogan, R., & Kaiser, R. B. (2008). Leadership, followership, and evolution: Some lessons from the past. American Psychologist, 63(3), 182-196. Retrieved from the PsycARTICLES database.

Tannenbaum, R., & Schmidt, W. H. (1973). How to choose a leadership pattern. Harvard Business Review, 51(3), 162-180.

From the book Spears, L. C., & Lawrence, M. (Eds.) (2004). Practicing servant leadership: Succeeding through trust, bravery, and forgiveness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
(pp. 12-16):

Ten (10) Characteristics of a Servant-Leader

To further define Greenleafs paradigm shift, Larry C. Spears identified ten characteristics of a servant-leader in his paper titled On Character and Servant Leadership: Ten Characteristics of Effective, Caring Leaders:

1. Listening: Servant leader must listen to verbal and non-verbal signals and interpret what the others are saying. In addition, the servant leader must listen to their inner thoughts and feelings and interpret them (Spears, p.2).
2. Empathy: The most successful servant-leaders are those who have become skilled empathetic listeners.One assumes the good intentions of co-workers and colleagues and does not reject them as people, even when one may be forced to refuse to accept certain behaviors or performance (Spears, p.3).
3. Healing: Servant-leaders recognize that they have an opportunity to help make whole those with whom they come in contact(Spears, p.3).
4. Awareness: Servant leaders should View most situations from a more integrated, holistic position.Robert Greenleaf said awareness Is a disturber and an awakener. Able leaders are usually sharply awake and reasonably disturbed(Spears, p.3).
5. Persuasion: The servant leader should rely On persuasion, rather than on ones positional authority, in making decisions within an organization.The technique of convincing rather than coercion should be used. This is in contrast to the Authoritarian model of leadership. The servant-leader is effective at building consensus within groups(Spears, p.3).
6. Conceptualization: The ability to look at a problem or an organization from a conceptualizing perspective means that one must think beyond day-to-day realities(Spears, p.3).
7. Foresight: A characteristic that enables the servant-leader to understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision for the future(Spears, p.3).
8. Stewardship: A commitment to serving the needs of others. It also emphasizes the use of openness and persuasion, rather than control(Spears, p.4).
9. Commitment to the growth of people: Deeply committed to the growth of each and every individual within his or her organization.An example is Taking personal interest in the ideas and suggestions from everyone, encouraging worker involvement in decision making(Spears, p.4).
10. Building community: A servant-leader should Seek to identify some means for building community among those who work within a given institution(Spears, p.4).