Hi, need to submit a 1000 words essay on the topic Identify the characteristics of a servant leader. Discuss servant leadership and how Greenleaf’s perspective on servant leadership compare to Heifetz’s perspective on ethical leadership. Compare and contrast the 3 perspectives on ethical leadership.
As a result, many forms of leadership behaviour and styles have evolved over the years. Due to its relative importance, many studies and theories too have evolved over a period of time. There was a time when leadership was thought to be inborn, as can be seen from concepts like the Great Man and Trait theories. But as scholars began to study the concept, it became apparent that leadership can be learnt and that it is not inborn as previously thought. But one leadership theory (trait) stands out from the rest due to its nature of pure service and it is the concept of Servant leadership, first thought of by Robert K Greenleaf in 1970. This paper is a review of this concept after which a comparison with ethical leadership style developed by Heifetz will be done.