- What is the relationship, if any, between an ethic of care and servant leadership?
- Does servant leadership always relate to character and lead to teaching/instilling virtue?
- Can servant leadership be connected to networks/relationality? Is this the "in" to an ethic of care?
- Servant leadership relies on love as a guiding metaphor. What is the relationship of love to care?
- How does servant leadership interpret love? How does this connect to Ancient Greek conceptions of agapao, latreia, phileo, and eros (each very different conceptions of love)?
- If virtues and definitions of love are the bedrock for servant leadership, what did servant leadership look like prior to Christianity? It's difficult to find definitions for the four terms listed in question 5 that aren't touched by Christianity.
Things to read
- Burke, Kenneth. A grammar of motives. Univ of California Press, 1969.
- Burke, Kenneth. A rhetoric of motives. Vol. 111. Univ of California Press, 1969.
- Corder, Jim W. "Argument as emergence, rhetoric as love." Rhetoric Review 4.1 (1985): 16-32.
- Davis, D. Diane. "" Addicted to Love"; Or, Toward an Inessential Solidarity." JAC (1999): 633-656.
- Greenleaf, Robert K., and Larry C. Spears. Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness. Paulist Press, 2002.
Connections and Extensions
- Dubinsky connects service learning back to virtue: what does he draw from to define virtue?
- Servant leadership frames the ideas as an ethical question. What about other fames, such as service design?
- In bringing different fields together, how does the exigency for addressing servant leadership change?
- What gets lost in moving from more metaphysical questions to questions of design and production? What's gained? Moves away from religious notions of virtue, but doesn't attack them.
- Moving this line of thinking into academe: what's lost and gained by introducing servant leadership and service design? Who will likely object? Why?
- Considering servant leadership in community organizations like the Austin Animal Center: how do volunteer infrastructures reflect/complicate servant leadership? I'm thinking here of how prestige systems and gift economies fit in.