Dr. Neal Berte, President Emeritus of Birmingham-Southern College, visited with students in the Class of 2013 cohort of the School of Business Honors Program on April 2, 2012, to discuss “servant leadership.”
Dr. Berte told students that servant leadership was first described in the 1970s by Robert Greenleaf, who had spent most of his career in private industry. Servant leadership is characterized by the leader shifting emphasis away from himself or herself, and making it possible for followers to embrace and achieve the organization’s goals on their own.
Berte was president of Birmingham-Southern for over 28 years, retiring in 2004. He remains active as a community leader. He chaired the recent effort to restore Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where 49 years ago the infamous bombing occurred that served as a tipping point in civil rights history.
The School of Business Honors Program is a selective program for high-achieving undergraduates interested in business leadership.