Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice


Lyndon Baines Johnson, LBJ, was one of the most influential servant-leaders of the 20th Century

and is considered controversial due to his involvement in Vietnam War, a war he inherited. Johnson was

the living embodiment of a servant-leader who wanted to help the poor, the disenfranchised and

lift them up, making them freer, healthier, wiser, and more autonomous. This is seen throughout

his presidency by pushing for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act

of 1965 making African-Americans and other minorities equal citizens of society. His

commitment to serve others can also be seen through the massive creation of his Great Society

programs, the largest intervention of the federal government to help those in need and expanded

upon the governmental social safety net than the New Deal had established through Johnson’s

vision of The Great Society.