Servant leadership has been the theme of this semester. Peter G. Northouse defines servant leadership in his book Leadership: Theory and Practice. Hopefully, this quote can help everyone be the leaders they want to be. It has definitely helped me understand what servant leadership is and how I can apply it to my life: “Servant leadership argues unabashedly that leaders should put followers first, share control with followers, and embrace their growth” (Northhouse 234).
Over the semester we’ve learned that serving our community and using teamwork are important parts of learning how to lead. However, it took me until the end to really learn that being a leader shouldn’t be completely selfish. It isn’t about just learning what qualities make a good leader, but it’s about having awareness of the people around you and your impact on them.
The leadership lessons that I’ve been able to apply to my life this semester come from many places; however, Abraham Lincoln has taught me the most in the book Lincoln on Leadership Donald T. Phillips.