Robert Greenleaf coined the term servant leadership in 1970 with the publication of his essay, “The Servant as Leader.” Greenleaf argued that the desire to serve must precede the desire to lead. Leaders who serve others focus on the well-being of others and the communities they serve. He also believed that by helping others, the leaders would experience personal growth.
As I reminded students, engagement in student government is often the first formal leadership experience for many potential leaders. Our hope at Greenwood is that students see leadership as an opportunity to serve others. I also encouraged students to reflect on their experience with this year’s candidates and to select candidates that have the ability to put the needs of the school above any personal ambition.