Trinity Western University

Student Leadership

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Student Life seeks to provide students with leadership experiences that will allow students to learn about the challenges and rewards of leading others first-hand. The particular paradigm of leadership that TWU adheres to is known as "servant-leadership".

The term "servant-leadership" first became popularized by the book, Servant As Leader, written by Robert Greenleaf in 1970. In Greenleaf's words: 

The difference manifest itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people's highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and most difficult to administer , is: do those served grow as persons;do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?

- Robert Greenleaf

Here at TWU we strive to teach and embody the pattern of servant-leadership exemplified by Jesus Christ. Jesus explained to his followers that their practice of leadership was to be distinctly different than the self-seeking, self-serving, and domineering style of leadership often found in the world: "Whoever would be first among you must be servant of all" (Mk 10:42-44; Mt 20:25-28).