Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education


logo SERVUS sept 2013

Servant Leadership

Is a leadership principle embedded in a way of life, which has been recognized and expounded upon in all parts of the world from ancient times on, and across all cultures. At its simplest, Servant-Leadership is driven by the motivation of enabling others to work more effectively and be successful.

The Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education originated from an active group of researchers and practitioners at amongst others the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Greenleaf Centre Europe and THTConsulting. During the last two decades fundamental research on dilemma reconciliation in organizations demonstrated the key role of servant-leaders.

History and mission of SERVUS

News and upcoming events


Symposium Servant-Leadership and Societal Engagement
May 8th, 2017, 13:15-17:30

This symposium is the 15th in an annual symposium series, a meeting place for students and professionals to strengthen the link between theory and business practice. This event explores the power of societal engagement; how can leaders create an organization in service of the employees, customers and society at large? Servant-leaders help create a corporate social responsible culture where employees perceive their work as meaningful.

More information, programme and registration

Masterclass: The Gentle Art of Helping
June 8th, 2017, 9:15-17:30

In this one-day masterclass by dr. Meindert Flikkema, you will learn how you can help others through humble inquiry.

Programme and more information

Servant-Leadership Research Program
The third edition of the Servant-Leadership Research Program started, see the SLRP brochure 2016-2017. To discuss any specifics and future prospects, please do not hesitate to contact SLRP Program Director Dr. Sylvia van de Bunt: s.vande.bunt@vu.nl, 020-5986105.

SERVUS MLK

Listen to the empowering words of Dr Martin Luther King jr. visiting the VU student association 21 October 1965 and read the transcript.