Monthly Archives: November 2017

A REFLECTIVE EXERCISE. . .

Greenleaf was clear that ‘appropriate withdrawal’ is crucial for the person who seeks to be a servant-first and perhaps to then be called to be a servant-leader.  Greenleaf also said that ‘awareness is important’ and that ‘to refuse to examine … Continue reading

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MUST I SERVE. . .

On 20 December, 2010 I wrote the following poem in response to the question I was holding: ‘Must I Serve?’   Perhaps, gentle reader, you have held the same question.  Perhaps you have responded to it already.  Perhaps you are still … Continue reading

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THE DIFFERENCE. . .THE CHALLENGE. . .

In his seminal essay, The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf (who first wrote about this concept in 1969) writes: “The difference [between the ‘servant-first’ and the ‘leader-first’] manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure … Continue reading

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‘THREADS’. . .

I first met James Autry in 1995. I had already savored and re-savored his book: ‘Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership’ [A book I continue to re-visit and re-savor today].  When James Autry was the President/CEO of a … Continue reading

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BEING VULNERABLE, PART III. . .

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. –Criss Jami Among other things, a leader is charged to hold in trust those who freely choose to follow. Given this, a … Continue reading

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BEING VULNERABLE, PART II. . .

Simply saying, ‘I was wrong,’ and meaning it, embracing it, is an expression of vulnerability. –James Autry  A question I hold and a question I invite you, gentle reader, to hold is: How gracefully do I carry my wounds?  As … Continue reading

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BEING VULNERABLE, PART I. . .

Being vulnerable has its risks, but make life more interesting; certainly it strengthens one’s effectiveness as a leader. –Robert K. Greenleaf A few days ago I was having a conversation with a friend.  Among other ways she serves, she coaches … Continue reading

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