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Servant Leadership

At DBU, we take a Christ-centered servant leadership approach that provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow in ways that far outreach the confines of the workplace. In Robert K. Greenleaf’s essay "The Servant as Leader", he stated, "The servant leader is servant first…It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions. A servant leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong." The core of the servant leader concept in business is that a leader’s priority is to serve their stakeholders, both internally and externally. Servant leaders focus on the needs of team members as well as the internal and external customers they serve, and thus create a culture where employees know they are valued and customers are happy. Long before this idea became popular in the business world, DBU embraced it as an institutional value. Our students don’t just learn about servant leadership, but they also put it into practice with service learning projects that apply classroom learning to help the world around them. At DBU, our students not only receive the finest in servant leadership training, but also experience servant leadership firsthand as they interact with faculty and staff that embody what our institution is truly about. Just as Christ came to serve, at DBU, we strive to serve God, our students, our community, and the world.