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The Power of Servant Leadership

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"The Power of Servant Leadership" is a collection of Robert Greenleaf's finest and most mature works and an unexpected sequel to his "Servant Leadership." These pieces were designed to stimulate and inspire people in the practice of a more caring leadership and reflect Greenleaf's continual refinement of his servant-as-leader concept, focusing on issues such as spirit, com ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Al Soto
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The editor of this book is Larry C. Spears who at the time of this writing is the CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership since 1990. The foundation for this book is grounded in the person of Robert K. Greenleaf who is the father of Servant Leadership Theory. Back in 1970, he wrote a small essay called “The Servant As Leader”, which introduced the term “servant-leadership.” That and other writings have influenced an entire generation of management experts and inst
Matthew Moes
The title is a sufficient caption for anyone who is charged with the responsibility of leading. According to a famous statement of the Prophet Muhammad, (peace be upon him), "Each one of you is a shepherd for his flock…" continuing to explain in his own wisely succinct manner that leadership comes in varying degrees and forms. Greenleaf's message is that society is better because of the service its members render to one another. That ethic of service must be emulated in its leaders. Truthfully, ...more
I enjoyed this book but it is mostly written in the very straight-forward style of the 60's, so it comes across as pretty dry. However, there is some good stuff in here for the leader who aspires to succeed by taking care of his/her people.
Charles Cohen
The idea of thinking of yourself (as a leader, either by title or activity) as primarily a servant is resonates very strongly for me, and the book lays out this idea very well. The only issue is that it takes WAY too many pages that are used not to introduce new aspects of this philosophy, but just to reiterate it in different forms. Greenleaf could easily have cut out 100 pages, and still made his point. But it's a great theory, and one that I try to embody.
I really like Robert Greenleaf. He writes quite a bit about the church and seminaries, but from an outsider perspective. The last essay about what it means to prepare for old age is really good and when do you get to read an article by an 83 year old person?
Brindusa Axon
I appreciate the learnings and stories, but sometimes I got lost in the vast amount of text. There were a few chapters that I decided to skip as I was running out of patience. I'll definetly come back to it, as right now is not 100% relevant.
I've read this cover to cover and dropped in for "updates" over many years. This is good philosophy.
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