The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Partnership with Alpha Kappa Psi

The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Alpha Kappa Psi share an unshakeable commitment to principled leadership. We know that servant-leaders are principled leaders. Together, we seek to advance principled leadership in the business world.

Through this partnership, the Greenleaf Center proudly participates in a variety of educational programs sponsored by Alpha Kappa Psi, including its Principled Business Leadership Institute conferences. AKPsi members receive a discount on Greenleaf Center membership, publications and attendance at the Greenleaf Center conferences.

What is Servant Leadership?

Servant leadership is a philosophy and practice – a way of being and a way of acting - that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.

While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.

Robert Greenleaf recognized that organizations as well as individuals could be servant-leaders. Indeed, he had great faith that servant-leader organizations could change the world. Likewise, Alpha Kappa Psi and the Greenleaf Center have great faith that principled business leaders leading principled businesses will bring about that change.


About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Robert K. Greenleaf founded the nonprofit Greenleaf Center (first called “The Center for Applied Ethics”) in 1964. The mission of the Greenleaf Center is to advance the awareness, understanding and practice of servant leadership by individuals and organizations. It pursues this mission a wide range of servant leadership programs and publications, including a world-class annual conference, speaker’s bureau, seminars and workshops, a virtual academy and customized training fit to a particular context.

The Greenleaf Center pursues the vision of Robert K. Greenleaf: “A better society, one that is more just and more loving, one that provides greater creative opportunity for its people.”

2014 Annual International Conference (September 24-26, Atlanta)

The Greenleaf Center will host its 24th Annual International Conference, September 24-26, 2014, at the Sheraton Atlanta in Downtown Atlanta.

This year’s theme is “Connect. Educate. Inspire” which captures the essence of the Conference:

  • We connect individuals and servant leadership organizations, expanding networks and building relationships among like-minded leaders,
  • We educate students and professionals alike, sharing best practices and stories of success,
  • We seek to inspire all who serve first.

Our 2013 Conference attendees represented 200 different organizations across sectors. These attendees walked away even better prepared to advance servant leadership in their personal and professional lives.  We expect our 2014 Conference to be the best one yet.  We have already secured a number of keynote speakers for the conference, including Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Dave Ridley, Senior Vice President Southwest Airlines.

The Annual Conference offers a wide range of servant leadership opportunities that will help to “make it real” – to advance servant leadership in your personal and organizational life. Participants had opportunities to:

  • Learn from leading servant leadership experts
  • Hear from a diverse group of organizations successfully implementing servant leadership
  • Network with others on the servant leadership journey and make valuable connections
  • Gain resources and tools for personal and organizational development
  • Understand some of the best practices in business, higher education healthcare, nonprofits and more!

Early registration rates apply to those participants who register before March 1.  Click here to learn more.

For More Information

For more information about servant leadership, the Greenleaf Center publications, Greenleaf Center membership and ways it this important partnership can serve Alpha Kappa Psi through training programs and otherwise, you can visit or contact Anita Kerlin, Director of Student Programs:

The Greenleaf Center actively engages with servant-leaders on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social networks.

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