Monthly Archives: September 2016

COMPETITION. . .

Greenleaf writes: Competition.  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 … Continue reading

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POWER, UNCHECKED. . .

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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SPIRIT. . .

Greenleaf writes: 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 as leadership unless one adds a value dimension to it.  I would … Continue reading

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ONE IS PERSUADED, I BELIEVE. . .

Greenleaf writes: Those who follow do so voluntarily, because they fully understand and, through understanding, they are persuaded that the ideas or courses of action are right for them.  One is persuaded, I believe, on arrival at a feeling of … Continue reading

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MY CREDO. . .

Greenleaf provides those of us who seek to be servants, first – and servant-leaders – a number of guidelines.  Two of his most challenging guidelines are contained in his ‘Best Test’ for the servant (which many folks who explore his … Continue reading

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IF ONE IS TO LOVE THE WORLD. . .

Greenleaf writes: If one is to love the world – as persons, one must now love the institutions through which most of the caring for persons is mediated.  I do absolutely believe that within most of the major institutions of … Continue reading

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THE LEADER – EIGHT ROLES. . .

Greenleaf identifies eight roles that a leader must play.  No one leader has the skill, ability, talent and capacity to play all eight roles (although I have met some designated leaders who believe they can play all eight roles well … Continue reading

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