Servant-Leadership and Administrators

Servant-Leadership recognizes that no single group is solely responsible for the success of ACC in meeting its core mission elements. Everyone has a role in advancing the institution and in creating an environment of high quality teaching, strong support services, and high student expectations.

Administrators have a fundamental responsibility to serve others, and that is expected to be a central motivation for being in an authoritative role (as opposed to wanting to tell people what to do). Individuals who serve as administrators should especially understand the critical importance of fostering and practicing good communication skills (sharing information, collaborating with others, listening to others, and explaining the rationale for decisions which are made) and the importance of open communication in developing high performance teams.

Seven Concepts Underlying Servant-Leadership

  1. Choose to be a servant first, and out of that desire to serve, choose to lead.
  2. Lead as first among equals, honoring the ideas, viewpoints and concerns of others.
  3. Be fully servant, fully leader—leading as an act of serving and following as an act of leading.
  4. While serving, be served by others, humbling accepting help when needed.
  5. Maintain the integrity of self, safeguarding your autonomy, integrity, and freedom while serving.
  6. Use power appropriately and beneficially, leading by modeling, example, and persuasion.
  7. Create a more caring and just society, helping others to fulfill their potential.

For more information, visit the Servant-Leadership Resources page.

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