Servant-Leadership

Leading Through Serving
Sound like a paradox? At LaGrange College, a servant-leadership initiative reaches across the campus and involves students, faculty and staff in doing just that.

Why Servant-Leadership?
Servant-Leadership involves helping people grow as individuals... helping them to become wiser, healthier, freer, more autonomous—more likely themselves to become servant-leaders. It benefits the least privileged in society so that they will not be further deprived. (Greenleaf, 1970)

LaGrange College defines Servant-Leadership as a philosophy that is an inward journey with self and others to equip a journey outward in committed service to the world. As such, the LaGrange College Servant-Leadership Program aims to help students, staff and faculty grow as individuals in order to enhance the capacity of the college to become a caring and ethical community that challenges the mind and inspires the soul.

What You'll Gain
The Servant-Leadership Program focuses on vocational discernment, ethics, and leading through service in order to cultivate among members of the LaGrange College community:

  • The willingness to lead by serving others
  • The ability to integrate and balance the characteristics of toughness and tenderness while serving others
  • The ability to envision a caring and ethical community in the midst of an individualistic culture
  • The courage to act on the vision of creating a caring and ethical community
  • The integrity to bring one's whole self to the LaGrange College community
  • Compassion to identify with the hurts of others
  • Truth-telling and a willingness to hear the truth with out judgment
  • Embracing unity by valuing differences and searching out the balancing truths within opposing views
  • The courage to be authentic and a willingness to admit and learn from mistakes


What You'll Do
Servant Leadership Fellows
The Fellows program seeks to prepare students with the skills and strengths they need to add value to their communities and organizations. 

Servant-Leadership Initiatives
With the assistance of faculty/staff mentor, participants will develop and implement a service project that coincides with the participant's talents and passions, and addresses what the participant understands to be a great need of society.  

Initiatives

The Seekers Program
Open to all faculty and staff This program allows participants the opportunity to explore the philosophy of Servant-Leadership.

Alternative Spring Break Trip
Students will become actively engaged in servant-leadership in another culture.

Students will dialogue with each other as well as with members of another culture while working on a particular project to enhance the community.

Benefits of Involvement
The Servant-Leadership Program offers a diverse set of activities targeted toward improving the philosophy of leading by serving others. Other program activities and benefits include:

  • Assessment of personality, ethics, and leadership style
  • These assessments will provide participants with individualized reports of their leadership strengths and weakness.

A mentoring relationship
Each new Fellow or Seeker will be assigned a faculty/staff mentor (a graduate of the Seekers Program) who will provide feedback and suggestions for servant-leadership development.

Development and implementation of a service project
With the assistance of faculty/staff mentor, participants will develop and implement a service project that coincides with the participant's talents and passions, and addresses what the participant understands to be a great need of society.