Your spirituality can play an important role in your professional life as well as your personal life. At Grand Canyon University, we instill learners with servant leadership to help them honor God throughout their future careers. Here is a look at how servant leadership can help with a business career:
By Breanna Alverson
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business
The search for business colleges can be extremely overwhelming! One important element to consider when making this selection is the values that the college is founded upon. These principles permeate through all departments and degrees. Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business’ foundation is the business pillars of servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurism. The college’s design and the faculty and staff’s commitment to these pillars is what makes the Colangelo College of Business so unique!
When thinking of what it means to be a successful business person, there is a stereotype that comes to mind. It usually includes a black brief case, a suit and tie and a very serious demeanor.
Recently, Grand Canyon University MBA students were given an opportunity to have a sneak peek into a real-life example of a company that challenges this stereotype. Students of GCU indulged as Richard Sweet, Southwest Airline’s marketing advisor and employee of 32 years, revealed some of the secrets of Southwest’s success.
Randy Gibb, PhD, is dean of Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business. As someone who is knowledgeable about all things business, we asked him several questions about servant leadership, which is one of the pillars of GCU’s business school.
By Randy Gibb, PhD
Dean, Colangelo College of Business
Here in the Colangelo College of Business, we have three pillars:
- Servant Leadership
I’m often asked to articulate what servant leadership means to our college. The essence of servant leadership is “service before self,” or putting the organization and the people ahead of one’s own needs.
The neighborhoods surrounding GCU’s vibrant campus once belonged to a thriving middle class. In recent years, however, these communities have been severely afflicted by the economy.
For Grand Canyon University, one of our core values is to serve the community.