Monthly Archives: December 2014

LETTING SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT AND DISTURBING DEVELOP. . .

Greenleaf writes: Awareness, letting something significant and disturbing develop between oneself and a symbol, comes more by being waited upon rather than by being asked. One of the most baffling of life’s experiences is to stand beside one who is … Continue reading

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WHO IS THE SERVANT LEADER?. . .

In 1977, Greenleaf wrote: Who is the servant leader? Is not every servant a leader because of influence by example? Walt Whitman may have answered this when he wrote, ‘We convince by our presence.’ Servant leaders differ from other persons … Continue reading

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‘I AM WRITING. . .’

Greenleaf writes: I am writing…because I believe that dominance of the culture by elements like coercive power, private gain, and survival in the competitive struggle do not make for the quality of society that is reasonable and possible with resources … Continue reading

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PROPHETS. . .

A ‘Prophet’ = a person who reminds us of our commitments; a person who is an inspired teacher; a person who names the un-nameable; a person who has the gift of foresight. Greenleaf writes: The prophet, in William Blake’s term, … Continue reading

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SEEKERS. . .

Greenleaf writes: …prophet, seeker and leader are inextricably linked. Sometimes two or three are merged in one person. But prophet and leader are seen as seekers first. . . The seeker contributes ever-alert awareness and constant contact with available resources: … Continue reading

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THE ‘SERVANT MODEL’ – ‘PERSUASION,’ PART II. . .

Gentle reader, I refer you to my 16 December, 2014 posting for the long passage I quoted; the one I will explore today. Anyone who has spent time in an organization has probably experienced first-hand the ‘control model.’ As Greenleaf … Continue reading

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THE ‘SERVANT MODEL’ – ‘PERSUASION,’ PART I. . .

This morning I am going to offer us a longer passage from Greenleaf. I will offer a few introductory comments today and follow them with Greenleaf’s longer passage. Next time I will offer some reflection on this longer passage. In … Continue reading

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