Servant-leadership emphasizes increased service to others, an approach to work that emphasizes the healthy organic and functional relations between the components of our humanity and our vocational and occupational objectives, and a sharing of power in decision making.
We firmly believe that MSOE students already possess a passion for service and a creative impulse to change the world. We believe that guiding, training and facilitating the growth of MSOE students in servant leadership is our best hope for transformative leadership in the 21st century. It is our goal to assist students in vocational and professional development.
The Office of Servant-Leadership also assists the MSOE faculty in awakening and sharpening the intellectual rigor and moral virtues that create awareness of, and dedication toward, the common good. Through teaching and program development, we strive to animate, advance, and support the MSOE faculty as they develop the next generation of global leaders. We also help the MSOE staff create a healthy, cooperative, and servant-oriented environment that sets a moral compass for the university.
We also work beyond the MSOE community by collaborating with civic, humanitarian, professional, industrial and business organizations to provide students with internship and other growth opportunities in service and leadership.
- Chair for Servant-Leadership
Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership
In 2004, MSOE established the Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership, thanks to a major gift from the S&R Pieper Family Foundation.
Dr. David Howell currently holds the Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership. He is responsible for helping faculty integrate the concept of servant-leadership into current philosophy and ethics courses. On the student life side, he helps integrate the philosophy throughout the social fabric and culture of the university through extracurricular programs.
Howell is an assistant professor in the General Studies Department. He teaches courses in literature, technical communication and research methods. He received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Washington State University. His writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Seven Hundred Kisses and Pillow: Exploring the Heart of Eros, and he published a poetry chapbook titled In Sixteen Hands of Shadow.
The Office of Servant-Leadership is located in K-240, adjacent to the Counseling Services and Health Services offices in the Kern Center.
The Office of Servant-Leadership promotes a dynamic servant-leadership model throughout the MSOE community. We also create opportunities for students who aspire to be principled, innovative and socially conscious contributors to a caring and civil society.
We believe that servant-leadership provides the best standard for dealing with the changing nature of work, social relationships, and community development in an increasingly complex and globalized world
Leadership: We believe that leadership is exemplifying the qualities of moral character that enables one to inspire and improve others. Furthermore, we believe that leadership is not a position, but a process.
Servant-Leadership: We believe that servant-leadership means leadership whose primary purpose is to serve others by investing in their development and well-being while jointly accomplishing tasks and goals that facilitate the common good.
Leadership begins within the individual person. It is character in action. Servant-leaders have a fundamental commitment to serving others with integrity and humility while encouraging excellence and growth in those whom they lead. They are leaders of vision that pursue their vision from a foundation of humility, empathy, compassion, and the highest standards of ethical behavior.
Planting Servant-Leadership: Servant-leadership is best taught by example. We agree with Stephen Covey: “If you really want to get servant-leadership, then you’ve got to have institutionalization of the principles at the organizational level and foster trust through individual character and competence at the personal level. Once you have trust, then you lead people by coaching, empowerment, persuasion, example, and modeling. That is servant-leadership.”
Student Information: assist students in vocational and professional development that takes into account careful balance and the integration of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of their lives; establish within our students a respectful and cooperative relationship with others; help our students connect their intellectual, spiritual, and leadership capacities for service to the world around them.
Community Partnerships: collaborate with civic, humanitarian, professional, industrial and business organizations to provide students with internship and other growth opportunities in service and leadership; create an environment of cooperation and trust that moves our students, faculty, staff, and alumni toward the building of healthier communities in southeast Wisconsin and throughout the world.
Curricular and Faculty Development: provide seminars in practical ethics and servant-leadership studies for MSOE students; supplying resources to assist university faculty in integrating teaching, research, and community service.
Staff Support: partner with MSOE staff in nurturing the university’s commitment to promoting community and fostering a healthy, servant-leader’s approach to work; help to make MSOE the best place to work in Milwaukee.
Health and Wellness: assisting everyone in the MSOE community to make wellness-oriented lifestyle choices.
These goals are accomplished in a number of ways:
- Senior design projects
- Training sessions
- Residence halls collocation
- Benchmark analysis
- Volunteer expansion
- Partnership expansion
- Winter Break programs
- Summer programs
- International education outreach
- Faculty development seminars
- Community development seminars