Building and Nurturing a Servant Leadership Mindset: The Servant as a Leader (An Oxymoronic and Paradoxical Phenomenon)

Programme Overview

Studies have shown that servant leadership has positive effects on subordinates’ trust in leader, organisational citizenship behaviour, employees’ job satisfaction, employees work engagement, organisational commitment and employees’ creativity and innovation. Yet, many leaders have viewed the concept of servant leadership with skepticism. This might not be unconnected with the term itself that seems more of a contradiction. How can someone be a servant and a leader at the same time? How can someone be subservient and lead at the same time? The co-existence of servanthood and leadership is seemingly absurd.

This highly interactive, compressed and intense one-day programme provides participants with the opportunity to learn the key servant Leadership principles as propagated by Robert K. Greenleaf, Larry C. Spears and other renowned researchers. Participants will learn how to engage in rational, ethical, emotional and spiritual discussions of themselves and their subordinates, such that they can transform into what they are capable of becoming.

Participants will learn through our blended learning approach, including presentations, case studies, role plays, servant leadership videos and theoretical and empirical evidence on servant leadership and servant leader. Participants will learn 16 core characteristics of the servant-leader.

Programme Objective

To provide a robust, comprehensive and deep insights into the world of servant leadership; the servant as a leader. By the end of the programme each participant will be able to:

   Understand the concepts of “Servant Leadership” and “The servant as a leader”
   Compare and contrast the concept of servant-leader and non-servant leader
   Learn some examples of past and living servant leaders
   Appreciate the difference between servant leadership and transformational leadership
   Gain insights into the paradoxical and oxymoronic nature of servant leadership
   Explore the concept of “organisation as a leader”
   Discover the impact of servant leadership on work-related outcome such as trust in leader, employee empowerment and organisational commitment
   Explore the 16 characteristics of the servant-leader, including Agapao love, altruistic calling and authenticity
   Gain insights into servant Leadership of men and women
   Identify the advantages and disadvantages of servant leadership and servant leadership strengths and weakness; as well as the falling dominoes effect of servant leadership


We are first a research company, and everything we do, be it training or consulting, is based on research we have conducted ourselves or those conducted by others. So, we do not just train on the basis of emotions. Our training programmes are based on strong theoretical and empirical findings. These findings allow us to provide our programmes’ participants up to date perspective on areas of interest.

In addition, we are locals and we understand the business environment. We have a good blend of both consulting and real-world day-to-day practical business experience in Nigeria. We have folded our sleeves before and we can fold it for you. Indeed, we are not just trainers and facilitators, we have a good understanding of how things are done in practice in Nigeria. We pride ourselves to be subject matter experts (SMEs) in the areas we train on. If we cannot provide contemporary insights and in-depth knowledge on a particular subject area, then we would say it from the outset.

Furthermore, we have developed our competencies in a lot of areas and we can be a one-stop shop for your organisation in terms of consulting, training and research (qualitative or quantitative) in the areas of leadership, governance, strategy, change management, risk management, compliance, AML/CFT (for financial institution), ethics, team functionality, emotional intelligence, legendary customer service, internal control and standard operating procedures (SOPs) development. We also go out of our way to adopt the best model for each training programme we offer and we are even ready to go “Down Under” (Australia) if that is where we will find the best model. Aut Optimum Aut Nihil; this Latin maxim is not just a philosophy to us, we live it.

Finally, we have few partner firms in South Africa that we can occasionally collaborate with in areas where we need additional capacity.

Why Attend this Programme?

This programme provides you with deep insights into the realm of servant leadership. It also gives you the opportunity to learn the core principles of servant leadership and how to apply them in your day-to-day work and personal life.

With this programme, you will benefit from:

   Condensed, 1-day servant Leadership training
   Practical and frank discussion on “The servant as a leader”
   Real-world examples of servant leaders and characteristics they exhibited
   Theoretically grounded and empirically tested servant-leadership approaches
   Out-of-the-office focus on Servant Leadership Development – away from distractions, phone calls, meetings and other interruptions

Lagos, Nigeria
Date: 25-26 january, 2021,

28-29 july, 2021

Fee (exclusive of tax)

N275,999.50 (US$766.67 for foreign participants). Special 10% discount for groups of 4 or more.