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The story lines are unavoidable.  Communities facing housing shortages, increasing rents and lack of affordable housing report the growing presence of people experiencing homelessness.  It is no longer necessary to go into the deep recesses of the night, in the wrong neighborhood or under the freeway bridge to find unhoused people.  People who are unhoused […]

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To my surprise people ask me to guest lecture on the philosophy of servant leadership and the audiences that I speak to are always receptive. Personally, the last thing I would want to do is listen to me talk for an hour. I don’t blame the individuals that invite me, they hear about my background […]

The post It’s About the Who appeared first on Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

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On a day when love is held up as that sacred bond that forges one to another, let’s examine the meaning of the word according to Robert Greenleaf. “Love is an undefinable term, and its manifestations are both subtle and infinite. But it begins, I believe, with one absolute condition: unlimited liability! As soon as […]

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One of the critical services of the leader is to move people from fear of feedback to anticipation of coaching, Most of us have experienced “constructive” criticism that came across as negative, even punitive, so it’s no wonder we get knots in the stomach and flutters in the chest when the annual performance evaluation comes […]

The post When it comes to feedback, Servant-Leaders receive first appeared first on Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

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Our family recently had a wonderful opportunity to travel around England. During that memorable vacation, we rented a car to see the beautiful villages that compose the Cotswalds region. The opportunity to “drive left” provided a lesson on taking a different perspective. In the physical sense, learning to adapt to the other side of the […]

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Do you have a young person in your life graduating from High School, College or accepting an advanced degree this or next month? I do. We often search for that perfect gift that conveys our love and admiration. Robert Greenleaf asked us to demonstrate unlimited liability for others and posed the question: “What if millions […]

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In his epic 12th century tale Yvain, the Knight of the Lion, the French poet Chrétien de Troyes puts forth a poetic narrative of a knight that befriends a lion after saving the lion from a serpent (Troyes & Comfort, 2009). The tale states that on his quest, “Yvain arrived upon the spot he saw […]

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It’s hard to deny the presence of trendy coffee shops, new boutique businesses, and soaring housing costs as signs of gentrification for pockets of urban cities historically kept for low income and minority communities. While the influx of new residents, businesses, and revitalization efforts has boosted neighborhood economics and aesthetics, for the servant-leader it raises the […]

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Of course! The servant-leader is most assuredly human. Why take the time to write about it? When I ask groups to describe servant-leaders in their lives, they speak of leaders who could easily be mistaken for super heroes. The servant-leader’s super human power allows those he or she serves to reach great heights.   Occasionally, a […]

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