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Key Club International works hard to give its members a variety of resources for leadership development, new club building, and improving the Key Club experience. You'll learn how to unleash your inner servant leader. 

The Servant Leadership Philosophy

Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and creates a more just and caring world.

The phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay he first published in 1970. In that essay, Greenleaf said: “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 shares power. Servant leaders put the needs of others first and help people develop and perform at their best.


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