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Servant Leadership in Organizations: The Case of Australia 1 Servant Leadership in Organizations: The Case of Australia David Chin and Wendy Smith Department of Management, Monash University, Australia Contact: [email protected] Management theory is now focusing on ethical issues in corporate culture and business practice. There is a clear trend towards emphasizing positive aspects of organizational behaviour: transparency, corporate responsibility, spirituality and management, servant leadership. Servant leadership is to lead with service above self and for others’ benefit. Popular press accounts show that CEOs with servant leadership qualities are able to lead their corporations to prosperity through practising high levels of corporate and individual morality and empowering employees. Yet evidence of the servant leader phenomenon is still largely anecdotal. After examining the general literature on ethical leadership in organizations, we focused on ethical and other components of corporate servant leadership, based on our detailed empirical study of servant leaders in Australian organizations. (121 words) Paper number A_212
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Servant Leadership in Organizations: The Case of Australia 2 Introduction This paper explores the practice of ethical leadership and develops our understanding of it by focusing on the ethical and other components of an emerging new paradigm in management studies of leadership - servant leadership. The model of servant leadership is derived from styles of leadership practised historically by notable leaders and is used here to evaluate the empirical evidence on corporate servant leaders in Australia. We then compare this body of data with anecdotal writings about servant leadership largely derived from U.S. corporate contexts. Ethical behaviour by business leaders is crucial for the long-term welfare of the community. Modern business practice is largely driven by the profit motive, sometimes at the expense of individual or collective human welfare. When corporate leaders face the dilemma of making policies and decisions for the good of their organizations, largely conceived of in terms of its profits, which may impact negatively on the wider society, good sense would point to the prerequisite of moral stature as a characteristic of those leaders. Skill and knowledge alone may not be sufficient criteria for the appointment of leaders to positions of corporate power. Recently, there are cases where corrupt practices by lraders caused the premature demise of hitherto large and successful corporations (Surowiecki, 2002). By using servant leaders as examples of ethical leadership, this study aims to contribute to organizational wellbeing for stakeholders and the community, in the wake of corporate collapses attributed to greed and dishonesty (Millman, 2002; Milton-Smith, 1995; Timmons & Prasso, 2002). Up till recently, theories of servant leadership have been based on anecdotal
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