The following list of core values reflects what is truly important to the Servant Leadership program at Darton College. These are not values that change from time to time, situation to situation, or person to person, but rather they are the foundation for our culture.
- Civility - Servant Leaders believe in a standard of personal conduct that includes treating others with consideration and respect. Civility is the development of traits such as honesty; fairness, self-control, and prudence that help us reach our full human potential.
- Listening - Servant leaders’ communication skills are enhanced through a deep commitment to listening intently to others. Servant leaders seek to identify and clarify the will of the group. Receptive listening and reflection are essential to the growth of a servant leader.
- Empathy - Servant leaders strive to understand and empathize with others. They recognize others for their unique spirits; and they assume others have good intentions, even if they disagree with particular beliefs or behaviors.
- Awareness - Servant leaders exhibit awareness beyond what is occurring in the group. They possess a keen sense of environmental awareness, global and cultural awareness. Servant leaders are self-aware and understand the importance of having healthy lifestyle habits.
- Conceptualization - Servant leaders do not deal only with short-term goals and thinking. They are able to stretch their thinking to encompass broader-based conceptual thinking. Servant leaders can nurture the abilities of others to “dream great dreams” and to think beyond day-to-day realities.
- Foresight - Servant leaders are capable of understanding lessons from the past, seeing the realities of the present, and predicting likely consequences of decisions. They are adept at intuitive thinking.
- Problem Solving - Servant leaders see a problem as an opportunity for improvement. They can recognize the imperfect current situation and believe in the possibility of a better future.
- Commitment to the Growth of People - Servant leaders believe in the inherent value and potential of each individual beyond their tangible contributions to society. They have a sense of responsibility for nurturing the personal, professional and spiritual growth of all members of the community.
- Building Community - Servant leaders are dedicated to rebuilding the sense of community by engaging in a field of practices directed toward the creation or enhancement of kinship among individuals with a common interest.