Monthly Archives: September 2017

‘UNQUALIFIED ACCEPTANCE’. . .

Greenleaf writes: Because of the vagaries of human nature, the halt, the lame, half-made creatures that we all are; the great leader would say what the wife said about home in Robert Frost’s poem.  The interest in and affection for … Continue reading

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‘THE ART OF WITHDRAWAL’. . .

Greenleaf writes: …the art of withdrawal is useful…  The ability to withdraw and reorient oneself, if only for a moment, presumes that one has learned the art of systematic neglect…  One may govern one’s life by the law of the … Continue reading

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SILENCE. . .

Greenleaf writes: One must not be afraid of a little silence.  …a relaxed approach to dialogue will include the welcoming of some silence.  It is often a devastating question to ask oneself but it is sometimes important to ask it … Continue reading

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‘A PRIME REQUIREMENT. . .’

Greenleaf writes: A prime requirement of leadership is goal setting or goal finding.  In any kind of group enterprise the person who can articulate the consensus idea is the leader, even though someone else may be designated as leader and … Continue reading

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LISTENING & UNDERSTANDING, PART I. . .

Greenleaf writes: Listening is much more than just keeping quiet, although one must keep quiet in order to listen.  Listening begins with attention and the search for understanding, both the outward manifestation and the inward conviction of really searching to … Continue reading

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CONSIDER, ‘TRUST’ AND. . .

Greenleaf writes: The stater of the goal must elicit trust, especially if it is a high risk or visionary goal, because those who follow must accept the risk along with the leader.  Direction, a goal, from a leader does not … Continue reading

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A MARK OF A LEADER. . .

Greenleaf writes: A mark of a leader… he always has a goal… By clearly stating and restating the goal the leader gives certainty and purpose to others…  The dictionary defines ‘goal’ rather broadly.  It is used here in the special … Continue reading

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