Monthly Archives: May 2016

‘THE FIRST PROTECTION’. . .

Greenleaf writes: If a young potential servant-leader can accept that the first protection against the corruption of power is never to undertake a power-wielding role alone…  It is not easy and natural for one who is deeply entrenched as a … Continue reading

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‘A CORRUPTING EXPERIENCE’. . .

Greenleaf writes: I will never forget my first venture as a foundation representative when I made a tour of a dozen universities on a new grant program.  My wife met me at the airport when I returned and asked how … Continue reading

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CONSIDER – ‘POWER’. . .

Greenleaf writes: I have no definite view of power to offer…  I grant that in an imperfect world, some raw use of power will always be with us.  But as ours has become a huge, complex, institution-bound society, power seems … Continue reading

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‘NO ONE WILL KNOWINGLY BE HURT,’ PART II. . .

This morning, gentle reader, we will explore a bit more deeply Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 94’ and see how our exploration might inform Greenleaf’s words (see PART I) about ‘doing no harm.’  First, here is Shakespeare’s sonnet.  SONNET 94 They that have … Continue reading

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‘NO ONE WILL KNOWINGLY BE HURT,’ PART I. . .

Greenleaf writes: I realize that in adding to the definition of servant the admonition, ‘no one will knowingly be hurt,’ some people who might otherwise think of themselves as servants (as I have defined it) will reject that identification…  In … Continue reading

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PERSUASION – DEFINED. . .

In his writings Greenleaf emphasizes the need for the servant to employ the art of persuasion more than coercion or manipulation.  In his essay, ‘Servant: Retrospect & Prospect’ (1980) Greenleaf defines ‘Persuasion.’ Greenleaf writes: One is persuaded, I believe, on … Continue reading

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PROPHETIC VISION. . .PROPHETS. . .

Greenleaf writes: So far I have given only half an answer to the question, ‘Why are liberating visions so rare?’ – because it is so difficult to give them.  The other half is: because so few of those who have … Continue reading

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