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ASTD Management Development Handbook: Innovation for Today's Managers by Lisa Haneberg

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Chapter 6

New Evidence of Servant Leadership’s Efficacy as a Managerial Approach

Bret Simmons, PhD

Editor’s Note

Bret is an amazing thinker and writer, and I am thrilled that he agreed to share a synopsis of the recent research findings on servant leadership with you. I have seen managers curl their noses when hearing the term “servant leadership” like it is a nasty-tasting cod-liver-oil remedy. It’s good for you, but who wants it? Here’s the thing. Nearly every organization I work with is talking about accountability and results and engagement. If you want more of these outcomes, then managing in a way that serves your employees’ needs is good ...

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