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Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf
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Dec 16, 2010

bookshelves: read-2012
Read from May 02 to June 06, 2012

Greenleaf's book was recommended to me by a pastor I greatly respect, but it took me some time before I cracked it open. The book seems dated to me in some ways, with a style of prose a bit more obtuse than I am currently used to (perhaps reading so many books to my toddlers is stumping my own comprehension level) and a hope and optimism for the business was toe that I find difficult to swallow in an era when CEOs are making huge salaries and bonuses but the average middle-class or working -class worker is not seeing any such gains from company success.

However, that said, there were many good insights from throughout the book. The basic concept of a servant leader is both sound and appealing to me: being one who works from within, with a centered and healthy sense of self, with the intent of serving others to help all (individuals and institutions) improve and be better. In fact, I got more out of the final chapters and the Afterword, especially in the afterword's summaries of some key principles.

I do not know that I would re-read the text in full, but I will return to the passages I highlighted and made notes at in order to more fully grasp, understand, and seek to Iive the concept of the servant leader.

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