• Dirk van Dierendonck
  • Kathleen Patterson


Servant leadership is a field that is now coming full circle. It took about 25 years, until the end of the last century, that a start was made with more academic interest into servant leadership. Currently, attention is returning to servant leadership development within the broader context of organizational development. The conceptual models that have been formulated the last decade or so provide building blocks for a research-based organizational practice grounded in the original thinking of Robert Greenleaf. This chapter gives a short overview of the other chapters that together show how working from the original writings of Greenleaf, a quick progression is made in linking theoretical development and academic research to practical frameworks to better deal with a changing world.


Leadership practice Leadership development Implementation Intervention framework Organizational development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk van Dierendonck
    • 1
  • Kathleen Patterson
    • 2
  1. 1.Rotterdam School of ManagementErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.School of Business and LeadershipRegent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

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