Monthly Archives: November 2015

SERVANT & LEADER. . .CHARACTERISTICS

Before I continue to quote from what I call Greenleaf’s ‘Inspired Essay’ (his first iteration of ‘The Servant as Leader’ written in 1969) I invite us to pause and reflect upon a few of Greenleaf’s ‘Characteristics’ of the Servant-first Leader. … Continue reading

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THE ‘INSPIRED’ ESSAY – THE INTRODUCTION, PART II. . .

In his ‘Introduction’ Greenleaf writes: Behind what is said here is a twofold concern: first… What is basic is the incremental thrust of an individual who has the ability to serve and lead. My second concern is for the individual … Continue reading

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THE ‘INSPIRED’ ESSAY – THE INTRODUCTION, PART I. . .

As I have noted previously, Greenleaf’s experience with students and faculty at Prescott College (Prescott, Arizona) in 1968 was one of his motivators to reflect upon and respond to two concepts: ‘serving’ and ‘leading’. In 1969 Greenleaf wrote his seminal … Continue reading

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CHOOSING TO BE GREAT. . .

Greenleaf writes: Everyone – literally everyone – within his sphere of influence has the chance for true greatness. Whether one makes it or not depends on what one chooses to be, within the circumstances where one now is. The opportunity … Continue reading

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CHOOSING TO BE OURSELVES. . .

Greenleaf writes: The choice I want to talk about, and one of the most difficult ones, is the choice to become ourselves. And I mean something more basic than just one’s outward demeanor. …I am thinking of being oneself in … Continue reading

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CHOOSING TO GROW. . .

Greenleaf writes: The choice…is to grow, to try to live and work to the limit of one’s potential, right up to the end of one’s life. …There is no nice comfortable plateau of achievement that one can sit on comfortably … Continue reading

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CHOOSING TO BE AWARE. . .

Greenleaf writes: To be aware, one makes the effort to see himself always in the center of a time span that extends back into the past and forward into the future. Thus, ‘now’ is not seen as only the present … Continue reading

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