Servant leadership gets a 20-year review

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Servant leadership gets a 20-year review
Servant Leadership

Today we feature: Servant Leadership: A systematic review and call for future research. (2019) Eva, Robin, Sendjaya, van Dierendock, Liden. Leadership Quarterly.

In February 2019, Leadership Quarterly published a systematic review of the literature on servant leadership from 1998 to 2018. The authors reviewed conceptual definitions, measurement tools, outcomes, and conditions that support or deter servant leadership. More than 200 studies were reviewed, 100 arriving in the past four years. This wonderful, well-written review, which we quote liberally here, helps coaches address important questions:

  1. What is servant leadership?
  2. How does servant leadership compare to transformational leadership?
  3. What is the best measure of servant leadership?
  4. What personality types are most suited to servant leadership?
  5. What are the benefits of servant leaders?
  6. What are the costs to servant leaders?
  7. What does it take to develop servant leaders?
  8. What are takeaways for coaches?

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