Robert K. Greenleaf Author

Robert K. Greenleaf (1904–1990) was the founder of the modern Servant leadership movement. Greenleaf was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1904. After graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota, he went to work for AT&T. For the next forty years he researched management, development, and education. All along, he felt a growing suspicion that the power-centered authoritarian leadership style so prominent in U.S. institutions was not working, and in 1964 he took an early retirement to found the Center for Applied Ethics. According to his essay, "Essentials of Servant Leadership", Greenleaf’s philosophy had its roots from reading a work of fiction in 1958: "The idea of the servant as leader came out of reading Hermann Hesse’s Journey to the East. In this story, we see a band of men on a mythical journey… The central figure of the story is Leo, who accompanies the party as the servant who does their menial chores, but who also sustains them with his spirit and his song. He is a person of extraordinary presence. All goes well until Leo disappears. Then the group falls into disarray and the journey is abandoned. They cannot make it without the servant Leo.

Personal details

Date of birth
Date of death
September, 1990 at age of #<ArgumentError: invalid date>
Places lived
Terre Haute , Indiana
pop. 61,025 (2013)


1. Carleton College Colleges/University

Carleton College is an independent non-sectarian, coeducational, liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. The college enrolls 1,958 undergraduate students, and employs 198 full-time faculty members. In 2012 U.S. News and World Report ranked Carleton College the 6th best liberal arts college in the United States and ranked Carleton number one for undergraduate teaching at a national liberal arts college. In 2011 Forbes magazine named Carleton the 15th best college or university in the United States.

Institution info

Type Private school
2013. 701 mil. $
2010. 563 mil. $
Institution colors
November 14th, 1866
One North College Street, 55057 - Northfield, Minnesota
2013. 2,045
2010. 2,020
2009. 1,986
2010. 0
Acceptance rate
2012. 25.6 %
2010. 31.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 47.5 K $
2010. 41.1 K $
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Wikipedia article
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People attended Carleton College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1905., Writer
b. 1900., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1900., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1908., Politician
b. 1908., Archeologist
b. 1906., Writer
b. 1907., Cornet Player
b. 1899., Basketball Coach

Written work

1.Teacher as servant

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1979. by Paulist Press at New York City (220 pages)


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