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.
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
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
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.
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.