While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, Greenleaf said:
“The servant-leader is servant first… It 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, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.
“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.
The best test, and difficult to administer, is:
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 not be further deprived?“
A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader
puts the needs of others first and
helps people develop and perform as highly as possible
Welcome to ACS, a journey into servant leadership 🙂
Every Saturday night at 8pm we are serving a soup run at GPO (Dublin City Centre). As one can imagine, all the preparations are being done some days ahead, while most of the food is being prepared on the day or the day before. Please watch this video posted on Facebook and see our display.
The following posts and duties are to be covered every week:
When was the last time you received a handwritten letter? Or an encouraging personal message? Words have great potential. They can create a serious impact on the lives of people. For some, personal words of encouragement were the difference between life and death. That is why we are inviting you to take part in this new project: “50 Days of Grace“
When ACS Dublin started this ministry (2017) all we needed was a couple of boxes for some 100+ sandwiches. Brought every week to Hope in the Darkness, that would easily fit in any car. One time, an ACS volunteer brought the sandwiches in two bags, coming herself with a bus and then walking towards the GPO.
Some two thousand years ago, a small boy gave up his fish and bread, and with them, fed five thousand. He was a humble servant coming near to a great Leader, Jesus Christ. Such is the story we are looking for.