Monthly Archives: May 2022

AN INTERESTING WORD, ‘HEALING’

Once upon a time, Greenleaf was invited to observe a gathering; he writes: Twelve ministers and theologians of all faiths and twelve psychiatrists of all faiths had convened for a two-day off-the-record seminar on the one-word theme of healing.  The … Continue reading

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PERSUASION – ‘CHANGE BY CONVINCEMENT’

In a number of his essays Greenleaf tells us the story of John Woolman.  He holds Woolman up as an example of a servant who impacted an entire religious community, the Quakers, such that they came to see slavery as … Continue reading

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‘A QUALIFICATION FOR LEADERSHIP’

One of the marks of a servant-leader is that he/she is aware.  Greenleaf writes: A qualification for leadership is that one can tolerate a sustained wide span of awareness so that he better ‘sees it as it is.’  He then … Continue reading

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A SENSE FOR THE UNKNOWABLE

Greenleaf writes: The requirements of leadership impose some intellectual demands that are not measured by academic intelligence ratings.  The two are not mutually exclusive but they are different things.  The leader needs to intellectual abilities that are usually not formally … Continue reading

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THINKING ABOUT ‘ACCEPTANCE’

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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