Text: Mark 10:35-45
Servant leadership – it’s an old idea. The phrase itself was made popular in the US in the second half of the 20th century by Robert Greenleaf. His writing became something of a movement that impacted how corporations and governments talked and thought about leadership.
Greenleaf worked for AT&T for forty years. Over those decades he became weary of the authoritarian type power he experienced in US institutions. So he took an early retirement in 1964 and committed himself to researching and writing about leadership ethics. He wrote a highly influential essay that was called “Essentials in Servant Leadership.” It included these words:
“The servant-leader is servant first… Becoming a servant-leader begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first… The best test, and the most difficult to administer, is this: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least...