What does it mean to be a leader? Most important, what does it mean to be a #servantleader? I’ve seen a recent uptick in people and blogs discussing the concept of servant leadership and I’d like to take a minute to unpack that below. At first, the idea of a leader being a servant seems almost counter-intuitive, but it’s really not. The term “servant leader” was first penned in 1970 by leadership pioneer Robert K. Greenleaf in his groundbreaking essay, “The Leader as Servant.