Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




In his 1970 essay The Servant as Leader, Robert Greenleaf (1904-1990) introduces his theory of servant-leadership. Greenleaf presents his belief that everything begins with the initiative of the individual. While Greenleafs ideas have been applied mainly to organizational settings, they also have great relevance to individuals involved in artistic pursuits. Greenleaf suggests studying the lives of servant-leaders for inspiration. An exploration of the lives and works of three writers who embody the principles of servant-leadership--Madeleine L'Engle, Vaclav Havel, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez--provides valuable insights into Greenleaf's theory. These three highly creative individuals exemplify these key characteristics of a servant-leader as identified by Greenleaf: the ability to integrate intuition and logic, the capacity to communicate a vision to others, and the courage to go out ahead, even when the path is uncertain.


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