Monthly Archives: August 2015

WHO IS THE ENEMY, PART I. . .

Greenleaf writes: Who is the enemy? Who is holding back more rapid movement to the better society that is reasonable and possible with available resources? Who is responsible for the mediocre performance of so many of our institutions? Who is … Continue reading

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WHO IS THE SERVANT?. . .

Greenleaf writes: 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? …There is no way. …If there … Continue reading

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PEOPLE FIRST. . .

Greenleaf writes: An institution starts on a course toward people-building with leadership that has a firmly established context of people first. Greenleaf contrasts ‘people-using’ with ‘people-building.’ When people are dehumanized – which is one of the most egregious acts we … Continue reading

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LOVE…COMMUNITY…TRUST…RESPECT…

Greenleaf writes: Love…begins with one absolute condition: unlimited liability! As soon as one’s liability for another is qualified to any degree, love is diminished by that much. …Institutions are designed to limit liability. …any human service where he who is … Continue reading

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HEALING. . .TO MAKE WHOLE. . .

Greenleaf writes: This is an interesting word, healing, with its meaning ‘to make whole.’ …It is always something sought. …the servant leader might also acknowledge that his own healing is his motivation. There is something subtle communicated to one who … Continue reading

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LEADERSHIP BY PERSUASION. . .

Greenleaf writes: Leadership by persuasion has the virtue of change by convincement rather than coercion. For Greenleaf the process of persuasion is clear and concise. The persuader employs a non-judgmental argument via questions to help the other think logically and … Continue reading

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A VERY FRIM BELIEF. . .

Greenleaf writes: A leader must have more of an armor of confidence in facing the unknown – more than those who accept his leadership. This is partly anticipation and preparation, but it is also a very firm belief that in … Continue reading

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