Monthly Archives: September 2013

LISTEN, FIRST. . .A BRIEF EXPLORATION. . .

Greenleaf was clear and concise when he wrote that servant-leaders ‘listen, first.’  ‘Listening, first’ is what servant-leaders do no matter the situation.  Servant-leaders listen to what is emerging from within.  They listen internally in order to understand and become clear … Continue reading

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THE DARK SIDE. . .

I continue to be intrigued that so few folks have directly addressed the dark side of the servant, the servant-as-leader, the servant-leader and servant-leadership.  So, gentle reader, let us pause and briefly explore ‘the dark side.’ Greenleaf writes about being … Continue reading

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THE SERVANT AS LEADER IS TRUSTED BECAUSE. . .

Greenleaf notes that the servant-as-leader “…is trusted…”  It is important to note that for Greenleaf a servant-as-leader is a trust-builder.  We know of leaders who seek to achieve their outcomes using coercion or manipulation; their goal does not require trust, … Continue reading

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GREENLEAF’S LEGACY — MY CURRENT THINKING, PART II

Let us continue [see Part I, 20 September 2013 for the context of what follows] and briefly explore the following two statements: SERVANT, Greenleaf writes: ‘. . .by acting with integrity and spirit, [the servant] builds trust and lifts people … Continue reading

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GREENLEAF’S LEGACY — MY CURRENT THINKING, PART I

I am a searcher and a seeker and hence my thinking shifts, changes and even transforms over time (transform = a fundamental change in character or structure).  I continue to be attracted to and influenced by Greenleaf’s writing because he … Continue reading

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GREENLEAF’S LEGACY — CONSCIOUSNESS, CHARACTER AND CONDUCT, PART III

In PART I, I briefly introduced my current thinking regarding Greenleaf’s Legacy and offered three definitions and then briefly focused on ‘Consciousness.’  In PART II, I briefly focused on ‘Character;’ today I will briefly focus on the third element of … Continue reading

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GREENLEAF’S LEGACY — CONSCIOUSNESS, CHARACTER AND CONDUCT, PART II

In my last posting, I briefly introduced my current thinking regarding Greenleaf’s Legacy and offered three definitions and then briefly focused on ‘Consciousness.’  Today I will focus on ‘Character.’  As a reminder, here are the three definitions that help inform … Continue reading

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