Monthly Archives: April 2019

THE GOAL. . .THE SEARCH

In his 1966 essay, The Search and the Seeker, Greenleaf asks us a question: Why is it so important not to name the goal, not to seek to find?   Greenleaf responds as follows: Because one can only name a … Continue reading

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THE SEARCH – THE SEEKER. . .

In April, 1966, three years before he wrote his inspired essay The Servant as Leader Greenleaf wrote The Search and the Seeker.  I have read and re-read this essay hundreds of times since I was first gifted with it in … Continue reading

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GREENLEAF’S ‘CRITICAL QUESTION’. . .

In Greenleaf’s seminal essay addressed to college/university student leaders [The Servant as Leader, circa 1969], he offers us the critical question: What distinguishes the servant of others from the self-serving person?  He responds as follows: Great injustice and destruction have been … Continue reading

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PREPARE…PREPARE…

Greenleaf writes: The servant prepares him/herself to lead by a process of growth through experience guided by a self-image as a builder and within a conceptual framework that suggests the strengths that will emerge if allowed. He continues: Leaders are … Continue reading

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UNIQUENESS, PARADOX & CHOICE. . .

The following excerpts are from an unpublished essay that Greenleaf wrote as a ‘result of discussions with students of the Harvard Business School (1960-1961).   The students participated in the Musser Seminars on Religion and Business.’  Greenleaf writes:  …from time to … Continue reading

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CONSIDER – COERCIVE POWER. . .

Greenleaf writes that: The trouble with coercive power is that it only strengthens resistance.  And, if successful, its controlling effect lasts only as long as the force is strong.  It is not organic.  Only persuasion and the consequent voluntary acceptance … Continue reading

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ACCEPTANCE…TOLERANCE…GROWTH. . .TRUST

Greenleaf writes: The interest in and affection for his followers which a leader has, and it is a mark of true greatness when it is genuine, is clearly something the followers haven’t to deserve. . . deep down inside the … Continue reading

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