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A New Culture of Leadership: Service Over Self

Kumar, Kamalini PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.CNJ.0000365992.54345.a6

Servant Leadership, a 30-year-old leadership and management concept, is slowly gaining popularity, especially in faith-based healthcare institutions. However, although theory is present, actually putting the concepts into everyday practice lags far behind. This article discusses how a person's worldview influences leadership; specific servant leader characteristics adapted from a biblical worldview; the need for emotional intelligence; and Jesus Christ as the ideal Servant Leader. The author includes a Workplace Questionnaire on Servant Leadership Qualities.

Servant leadership has been around 30 years, but putting the concept into practice lags far behind. What are characteristics of a true servant leader?

Kamalini Kumar, PhD, RN, is the Director of Clinical and Professional Development at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa. She is a national and international speaker on a variety of issues in professional nursing, and the immediate past president of Nurses Christian Fellowship International.

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