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LEADERSHIP

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Jonathan Gifford

The idea

Robert Greenleaf was inspired by Journey to the East, written by the mystical novelist Herman Hesse, author of Steppenwolf, Siddartha and The Glass Bead Game. Hesse himself was heavily influenced by Eastern philosophy; the concept of servant-leadership appears in early Indian Hindu texts, in Chinese Taoism and in Christianity.

As Greenleaf wrote: “The servant-leader is servant first ...

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