Good morning Gentle Reader. This morning I will offer you a number of quotations from Greenleaf’s writings. I invite you to spend some time reflecting on them. At minimum I invite you to choose one that speaks to you at this time in your life. I invite you to hold it and periodically set aside some time and reflect upon it – perhaps even capture in writing what emerges for you.
Beginning next time I will offer some of what has emerged for me as I have held each of these. As always, if you want to share your reflections with me I invite you to do so. If you want me to respond to what you offer me I will also do so. As a reminder, here is my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the quotations:
I believe that caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is what makes a good society… If a better society is to be built, one more just and more caring and providing opportunity for people to grow, the most effective and economical way while supportive of the social order, is to raise the performance as servant of as many institutions as possible by new voluntary regenerative forces initiated within them by committed individuals: servants.
The search is everything.
It begins in here, not out there.
It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.
What is the effect on the least privileged in society?
When is serving potentially immoral?
To refuse to examine the assumptions one lives by is immoral!
Do those served grow as persons?
Responsibility requires that a person think, speak and act as if personally accountable to all who may be affected by his or her words, thoughts and deeds…Awareness is important.
The servant-leader may not be so much the prophetic visionary (that is a rare gift) as the convener, sustainer, discerning guide for seekers.
[the servant makes] sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.
Why is there so little listening?
In saying what I have in mind will I really improve on the silence?
Five concluding observations [Greenleaf’s original ‘inspired’ essay]:
- True servant-leaders are artists in the true meaning of being open to chaos.
- Not much that is really important can be accomplished with coercive power.
- Nothing much happens without a dream. For something great to happen, there must be a great dream.
- To refuse to examine the assumptions one lives by is immoral.
- In the end, all that matters is love and friendship.