Monthly Archives: May 2014

THE ETHIC OF STRENGTH – THE CONCEPT OF STRENGTH, PART III

Greenleaf writes: ‘Strength’ is defined as the ability to see enough of choices of aims, to choose the ‘right’ aim, and to pursue that aim responsibly over a long period of time. This calls for some elaboration. First, ‘ability.’ As … Continue reading

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THE ETHIC OF STRENGTH – THE CONCEPT OF STRENGTH, PART II

Greenleaf writes: As I have observed it, the dilemma of the average person facing a practical problem is not so much that one doesn’t know an adequate ethical code or doesn’t want to practice what one knows to be right. … Continue reading

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THE ETHIC OF STRENGTH – THE CONCEPT OF STRENGTH, PART I

Greenleaf writes: One of the difficulties of using the word ‘strength’ as the symbol for a primary object of ethical striving is that it has meanings and connotations that distract. . . They seem quite opposed to cheerfulness and a … Continue reading

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THE ETHIC OF STRENGTH, PART III

In his manuscript, ‘The Ethic of Strength’ – which is found in the collection of Greenleaf’s essays titled ‘On Becoming a Servant Leader’ – Greenleaf writes: I have no new hopes to offer, only some old ones restated. People can … Continue reading

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THE ETHIC OF STRENGTH, PART II

In his manuscript, ‘The Ethic of Strength’ – which is found in the collection of Greenleaf’s essays titled ‘On Becoming a Servant Leader’ – Greenleaf writes: . . .my work has been concerned with better understanding the art of management … Continue reading

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THE ETHIC OF STRENGTH, PART I

Thanks to two editors, Don Frick and Larry Spears, we have access to a collection of Greenleaf’s writings that comprise some of his earliest thinking. The editors titled this collection, ‘On Becoming a Servant Leader.’ Today, gentle reader, I will … Continue reading

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IN CONCLUSION. . .

Greenleaf concludes his 1988 iteration of ‘Servant: Retrospect & Prospect’ with the following: This essay. . .has had much to do with receiving, communicating, and responding to ‘liberating visions.’ What I learned from the experience. . .is that liberating visions … Continue reading

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