Servant Leadership

- Written by Dr. Jenny Finn, Head of School -



The term servant leadership, coined by Robert Greenleaf in the late 1970s, turns hierarchical leadership on its head and offers us a deeper, wider definition of leadership that is rooted in creativity, trust, and humility. In the essay Servant Leadership and the Imaginative Life, author Michael Jones writes, “How often do we find there’s some significant, precious part of ourselves that somehow doesn’t go with us in the morning when we travel to work. It can’t seem to find its place in what we’re doing. In many ways it may be the most precious and - what might we say? - most gifted parts of ourselves that we have left out. There is no answer to this dilemma for most of us. There is only the question. And if we hold it as a question...it will lead us to things we could not have planned with the strategic part of our minds” (Spears, L. & Lawrence, M., 2002, p. 41). Servant leadership originates from the inside out - from the deepest questions within our hearts, and the rational mind has difficulty navigating this territory. Greenleaf says that we need to listen less to the analyst within us and more to the artist, who is better equipped to walk us through the questions that live inside of us.


The team at Springhouse practices servant leadership daily. They are creative, motivated by deeper questions and calling, and do what they do in service to a greater good. They have been hard at work this summer creating a learning environment for our community that is authentic, creative, and innovative. You can learn more about the dedicated Springhouse team here https://www.springhousecommunityschool.org/faculty


Published on August 20, 2018

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