Servant Leadership was first coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in an essay that he wrote on the topic in 1970.Greenleaf believed that the true leader is a servant “first”; in that, the desire to serve others was the path through which a later desire to lead flowed.A lifelong management consultant and educator, Greenleaf believed that leaders’ motives were at the truth of what leadership was about, and that many leaders assume those roles in order to fulfill personal ambition or ego.You can find out more about Servant Leadership by visiting this website or through the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership online at www.greenleaf.org.
Robert S. Hartman
Robert Hartman was a philosopher and mathematician whose work centered on the development of a formal science of values that he called The Axiology of Values.He published widely on the idea that value, as a concept, can be measured and has finite properties, and thus, can be measured and applied as a calculus.Hartman developed the Hierarchy of Value scale, which he believed was inherent in the genetic design of human beings.In its most simplistic, Hartman believed that people are more important than things, and things more important than ideas.You can find out more about the Hierarchy of Values by visiting this website or through the Robert S. Hartman Institute online at www.hartmaninstitute.org.
Dr. Jim Laub and The OLA Instrument
Dr. Jim Laub developed the Organizational Leadership Assessment instrument in 1998 to assess organizational health based on six key areas of effective organizational leadership. His work's premise is that these key areas of organizational and leadership practice are critical to achieving optimal organizational health. Dr. Laub argues that healthy organizations 1) Display Authenticity, 2) Value People, 3) Develop People, 4) Build Community, 5) Provide Leadership, and 6) Share Leadership. He characterizes leadership styles along a continuum of Autocratic, Paternalistic, and Servant; with Servant Leadership demonstrating the greatest degree of organizational health. You can find out more about the OLA through the OLA Group's website at www.olagroup.org.