Power, Trust, and Organizational Culture

Robert Greenleaf understood that the primary task of a Servant Leader is to build an effective, ethical organizational culture and that the means to do this was through the intentional surrender of coercive power and the cultivation of trusting relationships. This course will examine seminal writings on the nature of power and trust spanning two thousand years, beginning with historical and philosophical writings by figures like Thucydides and Plato and ending with contemporary empirical studies in sociology and psychology. The goal of the course is to know how to create the conditions of ethical culture in our own organizations.