The Church can learn from ?servant leadership?

William J. Byron SJ

Conventional business structures isolate the leader at the top. With a Jesuit pope, can the practice of ?provident care? and the principles of servant leadership help the Church hierarchy? William J. Byron SJ is university professor of business and society at St Joseph?s University, Philadelphia, PA.

The notion of servant leadership was popularized by Robert Greenleaf (1904-1990), whose book bearing that title is a classic1. Greenleaf was a vice president of American Telephone and Telegraph, a student of organizations and a consultant to businesses large and small. He carried the image of the servant leader with him into his practice of management and consulting, and over the years came to conclude:

A fresh critical look is being taken at the issues of power and authority, and people are beginning to learn, however haltingly, to relate to one another in less coercive and more creatively supporting ways.

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