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he highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware. Next comes one whom they love and praise. Next comes one whom they fear. Next comes one whom they despise and defy. When you are lacking in faith, Others will be unfaithful to you. The Sage is self-effacing and scanty of words. When his task is accomplished and things have been completed, All the people say, ‘We ourselves have achieved it!’[2]
The concept has been included in many religious text such as this quote from the Christian New Testament (Authorized King James): “But ye [shall] not [be] so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve” .
In Islam, the Prophet Muhammed was very much in favor of servant leadership. This is reflected by his leadership saying “the leader of a people is their servant”. This has led to John Adair, the worlds leading authority on leadership and leadership development to author a book entitled " The Leadership of Muhammed" by Kogan Page Limited. As he felt that the Prophet Muhammed is one of the most important historical figures that is misunderstood among people in the West. Yet he showed the seed of knowledge based civilization that helped create the European Renaissance. Greenleaf, in his classic essay, The Servant as Leader, described the servant-leader in this manner:
The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, 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…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.
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