Leadership Analysis: Analysis Of A Servant Leadership Experience

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Running head: SERVANT LEADERSHIP ANALYSIS 1 Running head: SERVANT LEADERSHIP ANALYSIS 9 Servant Leadership Experience Analysis LDR-630 Servant Leadership Sylvia M. Bermudez February 28, 2018 Servant Leadership Experience Servant leaders understand the importance of building and supporting others and in helping nurture future servant leaders. Servant leaders “want to serve, to serve first,” (Greenleaf, 1970), they inspire and motivate followers through their actions and words and focus on the needs and desires of others, placing them over their own. The concept of servant leadership was first coined in the 1970s by Robert K. Greenleaf, in his essay, “Servant Leaders.” Greenleaf defines servant leadership, as “a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world” (Center for Servant Leadership, n.d.). Servant leaders know how to encourage, support and empower followers, to grow personally and professionally. The innate desire to serve others, is the key characteristic of servant leadership (Greenleaf, 1977) and through volunteering, leaders are able to demonstrate their desire to serve others. Volunteers make a self-less commitment to help others and willingly put the needs and desires of others, over their own. LifeStream For my leadership experience, I chose to volunteer with LifeStream, a nonprofit organization, which provides blood products and services to

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