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A paradigm change has been occurring in leadership[p theory over the last 40 years since Servant Leadership was introduced in the 1970's by Robert Greenleaf. For many years academia looked away from including this theory as foundational. In recent years the theory has gained strong attention in academic journals, textbooks and course instruction. Pivotal to the underpinnings of this theory is the concept of the leader as a developer of his or her followers. The challenge for any leader is how to mentor, develop and coach his or her followers through leadership practices that truly develop others. The practice of this involves these behaviors: empowerment, ethical actions, mentoring others, community-wide thinking, trust, humility, and stewardship.

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College of Business




Educational Leadership

The Leader as Servant: Followership to Leadership



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