ROBERT K GREENLEAF A LIFE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP

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Robert K Greenleaf

Author : Don M. Frick
ISBN : 9781609943837
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Thousands if not millions of people have heard the term “servant leadership,” introduced by Robert K. Greenleaf in his landmark essay The Servant as Leader, published in 1970. There are now Centers for Servant Leadership in ten countries and counting. His work is regularly cited by some of the most prominent business writers and leaders in the world, such as Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Peter Senge, Margaret Wheatley, and Peter Block. And yet until now there has been no biography of the man who first developed this revolutionary idea. Don Frick was given unfettered access to all of Greenleaf’s papers and correspondence. The result is a fascinating book that details the sources of Greenleaf’s thought, describes his friendships with dozens of well-known people, and shows how he influenced business history well before his first book was published at the age of 73, and lived his own life as a servant leader. As Director of Management Research at AT&T for 38 years, Greenleaf was known as “AT&T’s Kept Revolutionary.” Among other unusual initiatives, he oversaw a novel program which taught executive decision making through great literature, established the first corporate assessment center using knowledge gleaned from the OSS’s approach to training civilian spies during World War II, and invited leading philosophers and theologians to have conversations with AT&T executives. After a period of soul searching and some surprising experiments in consciousness, Greenleaf retired from AT&T and began to develop the concept of servant leadership, the then-heretical notion that leaders lead best by serving their followers rather than “commanding” them. He continued to promote the idea through teaching, writing, and consulting until his last years, and was instrumental in creating a score of important organizations such as The Center for Creative Leadership and Yokefellow Institute. Always, Greenleaf was a seeker opening himself up to novel experiences and astonishing people. He was a complex person—an introvert who served in public roles, a wise person who refused to give others “The Answer,” a brilliant thinker who often declared, “I am not a scholar.” His grave carries the epitaph he wrote for himself: “Potentially a good plumber; ruined by a sophisticated education.”
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Robert K Greenleaf

Author : Peter Senge
ISBN : 1459626362
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Greenleaf's surviving children authorized this biography on their father, whose work influenced everything from management training and education to corporate ethics and religious missions.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Servant Leader Within

Author : Robert K. Greenleaf
ISBN : 9780809142194
Genre : Business & Economics
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A guide to ethical and empowering leadership for teachers and trainers in every field. In this inspirational and practical book are gathered some of the classic works of visionary management consultant and educator Robert K. Greenleaf. This volume includes his definitive work on developing servant-leadership in a university, Teacher as Servant. Along with that parable are two of his essays, "Life's Choices and Markers, " and the original version of "The Servant as Leader, " written for a student audience. Each provides a different but complementary perspective on servant-leadership and its relationship to the art of teaching and the act of learning. For this edition, the editors have added commentary to make the parable and essays even more useful to those interested in the teaching and practice of servant-leadership.
Category: Business & Economics

Reflections On Leadership

Author : Larry C. Spears
ISBN : UCSC:32106012150006
Genre : Business & Economics
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"I believe that [Bob Greenleaf's] essay, 'The Servant as Leader' is the most singular and useful statement on leadership that I have read in the last 20 years. Despite a virtual tidal wave of books on leadership during the last few years, there is something different about Bob Greenleaf's essay, something both simpler and more profound . . . For many years, I simply told people not to waste their time reading all the other managerial leadership books. 'If you are really serious about the deeper territory of true leadership,' I would say, 'read Greenleaf.' " —from Chapter 20 by Peter M. Senge, Director of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT's Sloan School of Management and author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization "There is a building momentum for enlightened leadership in the for-profit world, the social sector, and many areas of government today . . . Good books that deal with the beliefs and convictions that nurture this movement are not easy to find. This is one. Reflections on Leadership is a worthy and worthwhile gift to all those who attach high value both to their responsibilities and to the people with whom they work." —from the Foreword, by Max DePree, Chairman and CEO of Herman Miller Inc. and author of Leadership Is an Art and Leadership Jazz "I could give you three examples of major businesses who have used this business of servant-leadership training . . . at times of terrible crisis and have worked themselves out of the crisis. Practicing servant-leadership . . . had absolutely enormous incredible benefits for them . . . and then they threw it away. Because, as soon as the crisis passed, they said 'why exert ourselves?' The great problem is not how to . . . teach servant-leadership in the first place, but to get organizations to continue to use it and embed it in part of their culture." —from Chapter 7 by M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled "Reflections on Leadership is fitting tribute to a man whose own sense of service has given all of us hope that at long last leaders will recognize that power of purpose is far stronger than power of position. After nearly 30 years, Robert K. Greenleaf's work has struck a resonant chord in the minds and hearts of scholars and practitioners alike. His message lives through others, the true legacy of a servant-leader." —Jim Kouzes, Chairman and CEO of TPG/Learning Systems and coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and Credibility "We are each indebted to Greenleaf for bringing spirit and values into the workplace. His ideas will have enduring value for every generation of leaders." —Peter Block, Founding Partner, Designed Learning Inc. and author of The Empowered Manager, Flawless Consulting, and Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest In the twenty-five years since Robert K. Greenleaf first articulated his vision of "servant-leadership," the world has seen a steady expansion in the influence of the man and his ideas. Hailed as the "grandfather" of the modern empowerment movement in business leadership, Greenleaf described true leaders as those who lead by serving others —empowering them to reach their full potential. He saw the ideal leader as one who transforms and integrates an organization; a steward with a commitment to the growth of people and the building of a community. Reflections on Leadership demonstrates the scope of Greenleaf's impact on contemporary management theory and offers key essays by Greenleaf and his leading business and intellectual disciples. They include such influential thinkers as M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, and Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline. "Despite all the buzz about modern leadership techniques, no one knows better than Greenleaf what really matters." —Working Woman magazine Reflections on Leadership opens with two remarkable essays by Greenleaf himself. One of them, "Reflections from Experience," published here for the first time, presents Greenleaf's prophetic observations on the use of executive power in an organization. In "Life's Choices and Markers," Greenleaf recounts five significant influences that led him to develop his revolutionary ideas on the nature of leadership. "Servant-leadership deals with the reality of power in everyday life—its legitimacy, the ethical restraints upon it and the beneficial results that can be attained through the appropriate use of power." —The New York Times In Reflections on Leadership, a host of notable management thinkers explore the implications of the servant-leadership concept in such areas as: Business ethics Team-building and servant-leadership Corporate risk-taking Spirit in the workplace Becoming a servant-leader The future of leadership For those who have already benefited from Greenleaf's ideas and wish to deepen their understanding, this is an essential book. It is also the ideal introduction for those eager to draw on a source of wisdom that has inspired so many others.
Category: Business & Economics

Focus On Leadership

Author : Larry C. Spears
ISBN : 9780471171195
Genre : Business & Economics
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This collection of inspiring essays focuses on the practice of servant-leadership in organizational and business settings. Focus on Leadership addresses how servant-leadership is now increasingly recognized as being on the forefront of emerging leadership thinking. This book features a Foreword by Ken Blanchard as well as writing from: Hamilton Beazley * Julie Beggs * Warren Bennis * Ken Blanchard * John C. Bogle * Rubye Howard Braye * John Burkhardt * John Carver * Stephen R. Covey * Max DePree * K. Brian Dorval * Kent A. Farnsworth * Tamyra L. Freeman * Robert K. Greenleaf * Dee Hock * Scott G. Isaksen * Joseph Jaworski * Michael Jones * Ann McGee-Cooper * Russ S. Moxley * Nancy Larner Ruschman * John P. Schuster * James D. Showkeir * Ruth Mercedes Smith * Larry C. Spears * Duane Trammell * David S. Young * Scott W. Webster * Margaret Wheatley * Judy Wicks * Lea E. Williams * Danah Zohar
Category: Business & Economics

The Spirit Of Servant Leadership

Author : Shann Ray Ferch
ISBN : 9780809105946
Genre : Business & Economics
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In The Spirit of Servant Leadership editors Shann Ferch and Larry Spears present an elegant and powerful approach to the nature of the leader-follower dynamic, with a specific focus on many of the most radical, life-affirming, and transformative facets of the servant-leader.
Category: Business & Economics

Forgiveness And Power In The Age Of Atrocity

Author : Shann Ray Ferch
ISBN : 9780739169490
Genre : Political Science
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Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life speaks to categorical human transgressions in the hope that readers will be compelled to examine their own prejudices and engage the moral responsibility to evoke in their own personal life, work life, and larger national communities a more humane and life-giving coexistence. In Forgiveness and Power, leaders are not coercive but persuasive, and recognized as those who love, serve, and heal others.
Category: Political Science

Superservant Leader

Author : Fr. P. Amah (PhD)
ISBN : 9781479717866
Genre : Religion
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Ken Blanchard from Servant-Leadership Revisited “With the traditional pyramid, the boss is always responsible and the staff are supposed to be responsive to the boss. When you turn the pyramid upside down, those roles get reversed. Your people become responsible and the job of management is to be responsive to their people. That creates a very different environment for implementation. If you work for your people, then what is the purpose of being a manager? To help them accomplish their goals. Your job is to help them win.” Shann Ray Ferch, PhD, Professor of Leadership, Gonzaga University “In an elegant and evocative rendering of the life of one of the world’s great servant leaders, Edeh, Dr. Amah has given us a glimpse of global servant leadership and a true vision of the kind of leaders we need to help heal the heart of the world. Dr. Amah’s book is a resource with global implications and with the honesty and tenderness that move us forward as human beings and that restore us to the deepest and most vital expressions of our collective humanity. In envisioning for us the life and impact of Emmanuel Edeh, Nigerian and global servant leader, Dr. Amah gives hope to the people of every continent, and in fact helps us reach as global citizens for one another in hope and love and good service. This hope is established first in the person, then the collective, and finally the world. Peter Amah has given us a guide to that hope, and placed in our hands the gift that leads us from the despair of the past to a future graced by discernment and love.”
Category: Religion

Seven Pillars Of Servant Leadership

Author : James W. Sipe
ISBN : 9781587684906
Genre : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership (Rev.) offers concrete, functional skills necessary to practice servant leadership—to lead by serving first.
Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Rush Hour Of Life

Author : Walter Schmidt
ISBN : 382803389X
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It is about time that we learn to reconcile career and family ourselves - This book offers a path to a healthy work-life balance. There is an increasing demand for practical solutions to solve the conflict between the modern business world and family life. This is especially important for young working couples in their "rush hour of life" when both of them have a career and are needed in the upbringing of their children. Walter Schmidt has discovered the reasons for the apparent incompatibility of the values and attitudes. He has developed a new model to achieve a healthy work-family-balance by transferring the concept of Salutogenesis, introduced by Aaron Antonovsky, and that of Servant Leadership, coined by Robert K. Greenleaf, to the reconciliation of family and career. He believes that the key to the solution lies in a fundamental change of behaviour of the persons involved. The most important factor is the Sense of Coherence: The belief that we live in a world that is generally comprehensible, offers resources to solve problems, and rewards efforts. This sense can be developed and fostered by consciously dealing with one's own emotions and relationships as well as through exercises introduced by the author, such as the "partner maps."
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