As a higher education professional and social justice educator, I practice a variation of servant leadership rooted in intellectual humility. This means that I aspire to raise up and continuously learn by working alongside those around me. Robert K. Greenleaf, whose seminal 1970 essay coined the term, characterized this leadership style, explaining that
“A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the ‘top of the pyramid,’ servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.”
My specific approach is strongly influenced by the leadership development philosophy of Gallup StrengthsQuest, emphasizing delegation of responsibilities based on individual strengths and intellectual assets. I place a high value on diversity of all kinds, dialogue across difference, and applied critical and creative thinking. I prioritize honest constructive feedback and lifelong learning to foster excellence and innovation. I support ownership of individual achievements in my supervisees and those whom I support, while working to build bridges between initiatives to maximize impact and reach. While unwaveringly supportive and positive, I am also a fierce advocate and expect the highest quality standards of academic integrity and rigor be observed in my programs.
Top Five Strengths, StrengthsQuest: Learner, Achiever, Relator, Intellection, Discipline
MBTI Type: INFJ, “The Advocate”
From my Strengths and MBTI assessments, you can see that I am inclined to excel at large projects that require strong relationships with diverse people, complex coordination/organization, and ongoing advanced-level research. I can be comfortable serving as the face of an initiative; however, I am more driven by the process and product than any recognition. Instead, I prefer to highlight the strengths and accomplishments of those around me. I am reliable and ethical, almost to a fault, and prefer to work alongside people who hold themselves to similar standards. It’s my greatest aspiration to add some good into the world through whatever work I perform.