Frequently Asked Questions

What is Servant-Leadership?

Servant-Leadership is a model of leadership that promotes the belief that true leadership springs from serving those whom one leads rather than striving to gain power and control over them.

Why do we hyphenate servant leadership?

We use the term “servant-leadership” with the hyphen to show the paradox of servant-leadership—the hyphen between the two words reminds us of the tension and the balance to be found in serving others and leading.

How can I use servant-leadership in my life?

At The Gabriel Center, we believe in order to be an effective leader, you need to know the theory behind servant-leadership as well as the ability to use it on a daily basis. Here are a few ways you can incorporate servant-leader practices in your own life.
  • When giving feedback, begin with the positives and work your way to the changes that need to be made.
  • Try using “and” instead of “but.” For example, instead of saying, “I like your ideas for this project, but what does this do to the budget?” you could say, “I like your ideas for this project, and I think we should discuss how they can fit into the budget.” This way, you’re giving value to your co-worker’s ideas and you can work together to see if they will or will not work with the budget—it may even spark more effective solutions.
  • If you are in the midst of a conflict that seems to be taking a turn for the negative, suggest tabling the issue until a later time so that both parties can calm down and work together to come to a resolution.

To learn more about how to apply servant-leadership, consider purchasing a copy of Becoming a Servant-Leader, which explains the theory behind servant-leadership and also gives practice exercises to use in your everyday life.

Will my organization still be productive if we adopt servant-leadership?

Yes. People will work better, longer and be happier when they are treated with respect and their input is acknowledged and appreciated. With the exception of some emergency situations in which the most knowledgeable person needs to take control, shared power leads to better involvement and productivity.

How can The Gabriel Center help my organization?

We offer a comprehensive, self-guided curriculum complete with the concepts of servant-leadership along with actual practice exercises. If you’re looking for a more intensive approach, we can plan a custom training package for your organization. Call (678) 213-2750 or e-mail us at [email protected] for pricing.

What are the key tenets of servant-leadership?
We believe the most important characteristics of servant-leadership are:
  • Personal awareness
  • Active listening
  • Collaborative decision-making
  • Conflict management
  • Using power ethically
  • Trust formation; and
  • Learning through reflection on experience.

Is servant-leadership focused on religion?

No. Servant-leadership is non-sectarian.  It is also inclusive and egalitarian.

Why do you call it green leadership?

Healthy leadership is organic, renewable, and sustainable in nature. The GreenLeadership™ approach is to leadership development as wind, solar, tides, and geothermal energy are to the environment. It is a green model of leadership development. It is based on shared power; shared decision-making; building trust; collaboration; mutual accountability; and draws on the gifts, strengths, and abilities of each person in the organization.  It's Green by Design.