Foundations of Servant Leadership

This course examines the philosophy of Robert K. Greenleaf, the significance of servant leadership, focuses on the everyday principles of Servant Leadership and suggests strategies by which to apply these principles.

 Tuition $465.00 (All required course texts at registrants expense)

I have completed the Foundations training and found it inspiring. I didn’t realize how broad the impact of the Servant Leadership teachings are. As a professional, the Foundations training has supported my understanding of how to communicate with different personalities and has motivated me to engage in self-reflection to model what I have learned. In communication with others I practice “moments of silence” to allow others to share their thoughts and ideas, to feel heard. I also am more aware of empathy and the role of trust to facilitate  organizational change. The Greenleaf Academy and its team has modelled the practices covered in the training and has inspired me to further my Servant Leadership journey. – Amanda Van Haaften, Past Foundations Participant


All students are eligible to receive a certificate upon course completion, provided the following criteria is met: 

  • Participate in group discussions. 
  • Read required texts and other assigned readings about servant leadership. 
  • Write and submit a short paper (5-8 pages) reflecting content mastery. 
  • Contribute in four (4) group discussions with facilitators and other students.  
  • Share insights and learning using Microsoft Teams. 
  • Attendance: Participants must attend or view the recordings of at least 3 classes.  
  • Participants who miss a class can view the recording of the missed class and follow-up in a timely manner with the instructor.  


1. Larry Spears, The Power of Servant-Leadership

2. The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf

3. The Institution as Servant, Robert K. Greenleaf

4. Kent M. Keith, The Case for Servant Leadership (Greenleaf Center, 2008) 

Please email Jessica Piacentino with any Academy questions (


 August 21, 2024 – September 11, 2024

Group sessions will occur on the following dates from 7:30 to 9:00 pm ET (Time Zone Converter): 8/21, 8/28, 9/04, and 9/11