The idea of “servant leadership” became popular in an essay written by Robert Greenleaf in 1970 titled “The Servant Leader”. Although Greenleaf brought life to the concept for today’s leaders, the general concept dates back to 4th century BC when Chanakya authored a book titled Arthashastra and stated:

“The king shall consider as good, not what pleases himself but what pleases his subjects.  The king is a paid servant and enjoys the resources of the state together with the people.”

There is a great blog on this topic by Peter Barron Stark.  I encourage you to check it out at:

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Doug Deane is President of DSD Business Systems, an international provider of on-demand (cloud) and on-premises ERP and CRM software, specializing in wholesale distribution, manufacturing, warehouse management, inventory, business intelligence and eCommerce software.  DSD offers NetSuite Cloud ERP, NetSuite CRM, NetSuite eCommerce, Sage 100 ERP (formerly MAS 90), Sage 300 ERP (formerly Accpac), Sage 500 ERP (formerly MAS 500), Sage FAS, Sage HRMS (formerly Abra), Sage CRM, Sage SalesLogix, Sage Add-Ons (Extended Solutions), and Custom Programming.  DSD has been a multi-time Sage President’s Circle award winner, a two-time Sage Gold Development Partner of the Year recipient, has been recognized by the San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) as a Torch Award Finalist (2009) and Torch Award Winner (2010) for Marketplace Ethics, and has been recognized by the Council of Better Business Bureaus as a 2012 International BBB Torch Award Finalist for Marketplace Excellence.

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