Monthly Archives: February 2012

WITHDRAWAL

Greenleaf writes: . . .the act of withdrawal is useful. . . The ability to withdraw and reorient oneself, if only for a moment, presumes that one has learned the art of systematic neglect, to sort out the more important … Continue reading

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COMMUNICATE. . . REALLY?

Greenleaf writes: Most of us at one time or another, some of us a good deal of the time, would really like to communicate, really get through to a significant level of meaning in the hearer’s experience.  It can be … Continue reading

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LISTENING, PART I

Throughout a number of his essays, Greenleaf invites us to consider the importance of listening, for servants, both followers and leaders.  Consider the following: Listeners learn about people in ways that modify – first, the listener’s attitudes, then [the listener’s] … Continue reading

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THE BEGINNING. . .

‘Everything begins with the initiative of an individual.  The forces of good or evil in the world are propelled by the thoughts, attitudes, and actions of individual beings.’  [The Servant as Leader circa 1969, p.12] Each of us contains the … Continue reading

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PREPARATION

Greenleaf writes: The servant prepares him[her]self to lead by a process of growth through experience guided by a self-image as a builder and within a conceptual framework that suggests the strengths that will emerge if allowed. He continues: Leaders are … Continue reading

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THE CRITICAL QUESTION, PART I

In Greenleaf’s seminal essay addressed to college/university student leaders [The Servant as Leader, circa 1969], he offers us the critical question.  What distinguishes the servant of others from the self-serving person?   He responds as follows: Great injustice and destruction … Continue reading

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WELCOME

I was introduced to Robert K. Greenleaf’s essay, The Servant as Leader, in March, 1975 by my then mentor, Lowell.  I immediately connected to and resonated with Greenleaf’s theme of servant, first and his concept of the servant as leader. … Continue reading

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