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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The following excerpts are from an unpublished essay that Greenleaf wrote as a ‘result of discussions with students of the Harvard Business School (1960-1961).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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COMMUNICATE – REALLY!

Greenleaf writes: Most of us at one time or another, some of us a good deal of the time, would really like to communicate, really get through to a significant level of meaning in the hearer’s experience.  It can be … Continue reading

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THE 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 … Continue reading

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QUOTES TO NOTE – AN INVITATION FOR REFLECTION, PART VIII. . .

We convince by our presence. –Walt Whitman This morning, Gentle Reader, I will conclude my reflections on Greenleaf’s quotations by briefly focusing on: Five concluding observations [Greenleaf’s original ‘inspired’ essay]: True servant-leaders are artists in the true meaning of being … Continue reading

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