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Servant Leadership for Higher Education: Principles and Practices

ISBN: 978-1-118-00890-4
208 pages
February 2012, Jossey-Bass
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If higher education is to fulfill its mission, the academy must continue to emphasize the ideals of thought, reflection, and development as well as action. This book stresses the importance of understanding that service is a pre-requisite to leadership. This practical book contains leadership principles and strategies and is based on research and best practice. The book is organized around ten principles of servant leadership and how these principles apply to common issues faced in departments and institutions of higher education. The situations addressed are representative so that it is easy to see how the principles apply to other concerns or issues.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Kent M. Keith

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

1 Unsuccessful Leadership Models 6

2 Servant Leadership: A Philosophy of Living 13

3 Servant Leadership Principles 26

4 Principle One: Service to Others Is the Highest Priority 34

5 Principle Two: Facilitate Meeting the Needs of Others 48

6 Principle Three: Foster Problem Solving and Taking Responsibility at All Levels 63

7 Principle Four: Promote Emotional Healing in People and the Organization 81

8 Principle Five: Means Are as Important as Ends 93

9 Principle Six: Keep One Eye on the Present and One on the Future 102

10 Principle Seven: Embrace Paradoxes and Dilemmas 114

11 Principle Eight: Leave a Legacy to Society 127

12 Principle Nine: Model Servant Leadership 141

13 Principle Ten: Develop More Servant Leaders 149

14 Care and Feeding of Servant Leaders 156

15 Some Common Questions (Myths) Regarding Servant Leadership 166

Epilogue 171

References 173

The Author 177

Index 179

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Author Information

Daniel W. Wheeler is professor emeritus of Leadership Studies and former head of the Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously he was coordinator of the Office of Professional and Organizational Development at Nebraska. He consults and leads workshops in all of these areas in the United States and internationally.

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