Why we believe in Servant-Leadership

Over the last decade ATAP Family Services has dedicated its efforts toward becoming the premier provider of Resident Services and we follow the Servant Leadership philosophy in serving our communities and team members.

Servant Leadership focuses on the needs of the individual; it encourages people to serve others first. We put these principals into action when serving families and endeavor to make a positive difference in their daily lives.

In caring for our families, we believe there is no better philosophy than Servant Leadership. Respect, dignity, integrity, and honor are fundamental values in Servant Leadership and we believe these values are essential in providing compassionate and comprehensive service.

What is Servant-Leadership?

Servant-Leadership is a practical philosophy, which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions.  Servant-leaders may or may not hold formal leadership positions. Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment.

Robert Greenleaf the man who coined the phrase, described servant-leadership in this way.

“The servant-leader is servant first.  It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.  Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.  He or she is sharply different from the person who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions.  For such it will be a later choice to serve – after leadership is established.  The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types.  Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.

The difference manifests 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 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?