Monthly Archives: February 2015

THE SERVANT ALWAYS. . .

Greenleaf writes: The servant always accepts and empathizes, never rejects. The servant as leader always empathizes, always accepts the person but sometimes refuses to accept some of the person’s efforts or performance as good enough. …Acceptance of the person…requires a … Continue reading

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SILENCE & WITHDRAWAL. . .

Greenleaf writes: One must not be afraid of a little silence. …It is often a devastating question to ask oneself – but it is sometimes important to ask it – “In saying what I have in mind will I really … Continue reading

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LISTEN…FIRST…

Greenleaf writes: I have a bias…only a true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first. …This suggests that a non-servant who wants to be a servant might become a natural servant through a long arduous discipline of … Continue reading

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NOT JUST ANY GOAL. . .

Greenleaf writes: Every achievement starts with a goal – but not just any goal and not just anybody stating it. The one who states the goal must elicit trust, especially if it is a high risk or visionary goal, because … Continue reading

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SERVANT-FIRST. . .

Greenleaf writes: The servant leader is servant first… That person is sharply different from one who is leader first… The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are … Continue reading

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A DANGEROUS CREATION. . .

Greenleaf writes: …as I ponder the fusing of servant and leader, it seems a dangerous creation: dangerous for the natural servant to become a leader, dangerous for the leader to be servant first, and dangerous for a follower to insist … Continue reading

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A NEW MORAL PRINCIPLE. . .

Greenleaf writes: …people are beginning to learn, however haltingly, to relate to one another in less coercive and more creatively supporting ways. A new moral principle is emerging which holds that the only authority deserving one’s allegiance is that which … Continue reading

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