Doctoral Project Abstract
The Seven Virtues of Servant Leadership
D. Ray Perren
Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term "servant leadership" in 1970. Although the modern concept of servant leadership is relatively recent, the idea of servant leadership is ancient. Two millennia ago Jesus taught, "...he who is greatest among you shall be you servant." Virtue is another ancient concept. Virtue is a permanent character trait that leads one to act ethically by consistently choosing to do good. The research of Dr. Kathleen Patterson identifies the seven virtuous constructs of servant leadership as agapao love, humility, altruism, vision, trust, empowerment, and service. The Seven Virtues of Servant Leadership explores these seven virtues and how servant leaders manifest each. The manuscript concludes with a discussion regarding the importance of the legacy of the servant leader.