The 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.

Facilitated by Phil Anderson or Luis Duran-Aparicio

Tuition $450.00 (All required course texts at registrants expense, can be purchased here

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


To receive a Certificate in “Foundations of Servant Leadership”, the participant must:

  • Participate in wiki collaborative website and group discussions
  • Read required texts and other assigned readings about servant leadership
  • Write and submit a short paper (8-10 pages) reflecting content mastery
  • Contribute in five (5) group discussions with facilitators and other participants*
  • Share insights and learning using the course wiki collaborative website

*NOTE: Participants may make up one (1) missed group discussion;  Participants who miss more than one group discussion are not eligible to receive a course completion certificate.

COURSE READINGS: Required: (All required course texts at registrants expense, can be purchased here)

Robert K. Greenleaf’s 3 major essays: The Contemporary Servant as Leader, The Institution as Servant and Trustees as Servants

Don M. Frick, Robert K. Greenleaf: A Life of Servant Leadership (Berett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2004)

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

Class 5: One of the required supplemental readings. Please be prepared to share your choice prior to the final class. Choose from the following list:

Alternatively, you may choose to purchase Robert K. Greenleaf, The Power of Servant Leadership, (Greenleaf Center, 1998) which includes the three Greenleaf essays as well as many more. – can be purchased through link above



Group sessions will occur on the following dates from 12 to 1:30 pm EST: 9/16, 10/7, 10/28, 11/18, 12/15