Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education

logo SERVUS sept 2013

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 and THTConsulting. 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
20 October 2017, 9:15-17:30

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

Programme and more information

This videoclip captures the spirit of our Masterclass of 8 June 2017:

Servant-Leadership Research Programme

The third edition of the Servant-Leadership Research Programme started, see the SLRP brochure 2017-2018. 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'.