Monthly Archives: January 2014

TRUE SERVANT. . .FALSE SERVANT. . .

Greenleaf asks: ‘Who is the servant? How does one tell a truly giving, enriching servant from the neutral person or the one whose net influence is to take away from or diminish other people?’  In response to this, Greenleaf tells … Continue reading

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AT THE CENTER. . .

Greenleaf writes: ‘At the center of every institution is the notion of compromise.’  Many institutions employ folks in order to render a service to other folks.  In a compromise both parties receive something – at times this ‘something’ is beneficial … Continue reading

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WHEN ONE IS AWARE. . .

Greenleaf writes: When one is aware, there is more than the usual alertness, more intense contact with the immediate situation and a lot more is stored away in the unconscious computer to produce intuitive insights in the future when needed. … Continue reading

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THE REQUIREMENTS OF LEADERSHIP. . .

Greenleaf writes: The requirements of leadership impose some intellectual demands that are not measured by academic intelligence ratings. . . The leader needs two intellectual abilities that are usually not formally assessed in an academic way: he needs to have … Continue reading

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TWO MORE MARKS OF THE SERVANT-AS-LEADER. . .

Greenleaf writes: ‘The interest in and affection for his followers which a leader has. . .is clearly something the followers haven’t to deserve.’  So, here we have two more marks of the servant-as-leader: an interest in the follower (what might … Continue reading

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LISTENING. . .

Folks who knew Greenleaf stated that he was a ‘good listener,’ an ‘effective listener.’  He designed and facilitated an in-depth listening experience; this experience was offered many years by a retreat center.  Here are a few of Greenleaf’s observations about … Continue reading

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WHAT IS A GOAL?

Greenleaf writes: A mark of a leader. . .he always has a goal.  It may be a goal arrived at by group consensus; or the leader, acting on inspiration, may simply have said, “let’s go this way.”  But the leader … Continue reading

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