Monthly Archives: January 2018

SERVANT-LEADERSHIP – MY RATIONALE, PART V. . .

I saw the immensity of the task before me and I fled its summons. –Tolstoy Servant-Leadership is concerned with Problems, Paradoxes, Polarities and Dilemmas.  The distinctions are crucial and so are the ways we respond to each of them.  We … Continue reading

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SERVANT-LEADERSHIP – MY RATIONALE, PART IV. . .

The way to do is to be. –Lao Tzu Servant-Leadership is concerned with how we choose to nurture and how we choose to deplete our P.I.E.S.S.  These five dimensions combine to ‘make-up’ who I am and who I am choosing … Continue reading

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SERVANT-LEADERSHIP – MY RATIONALE, PART III. . .

Responsible people build…they are moved by the heart. –Robert K. Greenleaf Consider, gentle reader, that servant-leadership is concerned with three dimensions of health rooted in trust.  I call these three dimensions: P.R.O.  The first and most crucial dimension is the … Continue reading

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SERVANT-LEADERSHIP – MY RATIONALE, PART II. . .

We convince by our presence. –Walt Whitman Servant-Leadership is ‘Agent-Centered’ [think: Servant-first] and ‘Relationship-Centered’ [think: we are social-beings by nature and ‘organizations’ are simply individuals-relationships writ large].  Servant-Leadership is not ‘Act-Centered’ – it is ‘Act-Focused’.  Unlike many other theories of … Continue reading

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TWO REVOLUTIONS. . .

In his Preface to his essay, The Institution as Servant, Greenleaf writes:  …in the long perspective of history the late twentieth century will be seen as revolutionary because, in this period, large numbers of influential men and women have come … Continue reading

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TRUSTEES & COACHING. . .

Last week I had a brief conversation with the Chairman of a Board of Trustees.  After our conversation I spent some time re-reading Greenleaf’s 1974 essay, Trustees as Servants.  In this essay Greenleaf directly addresses the role and the importance … Continue reading

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SERVANT-LEADERSHIP — MY RATIONALE, PART I. . .

Responsible people build; they do not destroy.  They are moved by the heart. –Robert K. Greenleaf What have you done with the garden entrusted to you? –Antonio Machado One of the metaphors that Greenleaf uses is a garden metaphor.  There … Continue reading

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