Monthly Archives: October 2015

SERVANTS-FIRST. . .

As Greenleaf begins his 1980 essay, ‘Servant: Retrospect & Prospect’ he reminds us that he has been writing about the ‘servant theme.’ Greenleaf is clear: It is ‘Servant-First’ – some of these folks are called to be leaders. A leader … Continue reading

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TRUST-BUILDING. . .WHO’S RESPONSIBLE

Recently I was intellectually challenged, stretched and stimulated during a long conversation with the Board Chair of a successful not-for-profit organization. The topic the Board Chair invited me to think about was ‘Trust Building. . .Who’s Responsible’ Greenleaf provides us … Continue reading

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COMPETITION. . .

Greenleaf writes: This is an interesting word, ‘competition.’ In its root meaning it has more of the flavor of strive together for some goal – a cooperative venture. But in common usage it means contend with others for supremacy over … Continue reading

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I ARGUE. . .FOR SHARED POWER. . .

Greenleaf writes: In my book, ‘Servant Leadership,’ I argue the case for shared power with colleagues who are equals as a preferable alternative to the concept of the single chief. And in a later essay, ‘Servant, Retrospect and Prospect,’ the … Continue reading

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CONSIDER: ‘UNCHECKED POWER’. . .

Greenleaf writes: Anyone who is placed in the position of unchecked power over others is vulnerable to the corrupting influence of that power and may fall victim to the illusion that one is God. No one, absolutely no one, should … Continue reading

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A ‘CHURCH’ DEFINED. . .

Greenleaf writes: …the church is important: to help the fruits of contemplation…become an animating force that sustains legions of persons as servants as they wield their influence on governments, businesses, schools, hospitals, families, communities, and in the church itself. Thus … Continue reading

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SPIRIT. . .

Greenleaf writes: I take the first listed (in the dictionary I consulted) in defining ‘spirit’: That which is traditionally believed to be the vital principle or animating force within living beings. But that definition does not help to establish spirituality … Continue reading

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