Servant Leadership: A Path to High Performance

  • Colleagues from UVA Health System Orthopeadic Surgery share how Servant Leadership impacted how they work with each other and interact with their teams on a daily basis.

  • Ensure sustainable success by leading through your team, supporting their development and engaging with people at a deeper level.

    • Embody your values in your behavior and interactions, increasing trust with employees, partners, and customers.
    • Cultivate an environment of transparency around organizational strategy and performance to encourage support for and dedication to organizational goals.
    • Discover and develop new, innovative directions through collaboration when everyone has equal input.
  • Program Overview

    Refine your natural management inclinations with individual coaching and discover how empathy, communication and encouragement can drive your team in extraordinary new directions.

    • Examine your unchallenged assumptions about direct report management. 
    • Discover the difference between obedience and engagement and build new habits that encourage others to achieve the highest good.
    • Develop easy ways to welcome high-level conversations with direct reports, customers and suppliers
    • Learn how to relax the tension of self-preservation in favor of thoughtfulness, empathy and willingness to listen

    Impact & Outcomes

    • Develop your best ideas with collaborative input and without undue attachment to their execution
    • Move beyond compensatory standards of risk and reward by cultivating an atmosphere of support and respect
    • Lead your team through stressful projects while remaining thoughtful, empathetic and inclusive
    • Let go of control and allow others to do their jobs more effectively and happily


    This  program counts as one credit toward a  Darden Certificate in Leadership. Complete this program and earn three additional credits for a total of four credits within a four-year period to earn your certificate.


      This course is designed for leaders and practicing senior managers who translate corporate strategy into operational performance among private and public companies, not-for-profits, NGOs, and educational and health systems.


      Andrew C. Wicks

      Ruffin Professor of Business Administration | Director, Darden Olsson Center for Applied Ethics | Director, Darden Doctoral Program
      Wicks' research focuses on stakeholder responsibility, total quality management, trust, and ethics and entrepreneurship. 

      Edward D. Hess

      Professor of Business Administration | Batten Executive-in-Residence
      Prior to joining academia, Professor Hess spent more than 20 years in the business world as a senior executive. His expertise is in dealing with growth, innovation and learning cultures, systems and processes.

      Alexander B. Horniman

      Killgallon Ohio Art Professor of Business Administration | Senior Fellow at the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics
      Horniman has been training ethical, mindful leaders for more than 45 years. He has inspired thousands to think differently about how they lead and influence others.

      S. Venkataraman

      MasterCard Professor of Business Administration | Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
      An internationally renowned scholar and educator in the field of entrepreneurship, "Venkat" also teaches ethics and strategy. He consults with Fortune 500 firms and advises companies, universities and governments on strategy.


      Darden School of Business 
      100 Darden Blvd. 
      Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

      As a participant of this program, accommodations and most meals are included in your program fee.