Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education

logo SERVUS sept 2013

This is a call for servant-leadership

To achieve your professional and personal leadership goals in today’s world, your ability and empathy to work in a multireligious and multicultural context is required. A unique leadership program called  Emoena will start October 28 2019. This program is designed for religious leaders and professionals who deal with religious diversity. Dedicated lecturers will coach you to become a better leader within your company or your community. You will increase your knowledge about rituals, traditions and scriptures. You will learn how to deal with religious pluralism, radicalization and de-escalation. Meanwhile you will build friendships across traditions. Explore and register on Note that this program will be in Dutch. Britt Bakker, SERVUS research assistant is member of the Emoena organizing team. 

Flyer Emoena (Dutch)


Fons Trompenaars at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2019

Fons Trompenaars, was keynote speaker at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2019, 4-6 March 2019 in London UK.  Through his 7-Dimensions of Cultures model he demonstrated how managing complexity in a heterogeneous environment is a major challenge for today's leaders. Reconciling cultural differences is a critical component of sustainable success. Following his keynote, Fons was interviewed on how to make your company really agile and innovative.

Fons Trompenaars at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2019

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, THTConsulting, VUMedical Centre and VU School of Business and Economics (former FEWEB). 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

Masterclass: The Gentle Art of Helping
19 June 2019

Due to great success an inspiring 1-day Masterclass ’The Gentle Art of Helping’  is scheduled on the 19th of June 2019 at VU Amsterdam. Sign up before the 1st of June 2019:

Symposium: 'Mentoring in Cross-Cultural Communities'
29 April 2019

Monday 29th April 2019 the SERVUS Symposium 'Mentoring in Cross-Cultural Communities' will take place at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This interactive symposium includes an inspiring plenary session with renowned international speakers Prof. dr. Maurice Crul and Prof. dr. Fons Trompenaars.  workshop debate and rich networking opportunities. Sign up now:

For more information take a look at the flyer or ABRI.

Kalin Anev Janse EU reconciliation expert in Greece Crisis
9 August 2018

SERVUS graduate Kalin Anev Janse, as secretary general of the European Stability Mechanism, supported the Greek state in reconciling a severe financial crisis and reaching sustainable inclusiveness. He supervised the final loan tranche on 6 August 2018.

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Workshop: Being-centered leadership: Finding space to lead
Saturday 14 July 2018

How to draw from my innermost Being to find clarity to lead myself and others.

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Masterclass: The Gentle Art of Helping
Wednesday 12 October 2018, 9:15-17:30

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

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Masterclass: Culturele Duurzaamheid: "Van statushouder naar talent"
Vrijdag 7 december 2018

De Stadscoalitie methodiek brengt ondernemende nieuwkomers, zoals vluchtelingen, in contact met Nederlandse vakgenoten. Deze aanpak creëert werk, een sociaal netwerk en biedt mogelijkheden tot nieuw ondernemerschap en talentontwikkeling.

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Servant-Leadership Research Programme

The brochure of the new in-company Servant-Leadership Research Programme 2018 is available now. This post graduate programme is dedicated to develop the capabilities of a Servant-Leadership approach in organisations through strengthening the knowledge and research of Servant-Leadership best practices.

Attending executives take part in:

  • stimulating lectures, workshops and good practice cases
  • fieldwork in a community project with a cross-company team
  • research in their own organization, and cross-company, around leadership challenges

Through intensive dialogues with professors and peers, as well as members of society, participants gain a stronger understanding of how to strengthen their own skills and serve their organization. The course aims for an organization contributing <10 talented executives across disciplines. To discuss any specifics and future prospects, please do not hesitate to contact SLRP Programme Director Dr. Sylvia van de Bunt:, 020-5986105.


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

See also 'Geheugen van de VU'.