Blogs » J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria » Servants of the servants of Victoria that protect and serve


I believe Robert Greenleaf will be happy to know. There is another organization taking its leaership development cues from him. The VPD.

Robert Greenleaf is the founder of the leadership movement known as Servant Leadership. He was born in the early 20th century and passed from his earthly life about 20 years ago.

A few weeks ago, we had a discussion on defining leadership on this blog. Here, here, and here are a few of the posts. Of the definitions I had found, some of you that commented had chosen the definition of leadership by Greenleaf to be the better one provided. And I would say you are in good company as Stephen Covey, author of the book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” among others, and Peter Senge, author of “The Fifth Discipline” wrote the foreword and afterword of one of his books. Both of these authors rank pretty high in leadership thought. Covey is better known and Senge is the systems thinking promoter.

Greenleaf’s “best test” which asks,

“Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served [italics original], become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And [italics original], what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”

gives a good impression of what a servant leader should be trying to accomplish. Here is the official website of the Greenleaf Center of Servant Leadership. Here is the Amazon page for his works. I hope you enjoy browsing!