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“Don't assume, because you are intelligent, able, and well-motivated, that you are open to communication, that you know how to listen.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Ego can’t sleep. It micro-manages. It disempowers. It reduces our capability. It excels in control.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Ego focuses on one’s own survival, pleasure, and enhancement to the exclusion of others; ego is selfishly ambitious. It sees relationships in terms of threat or no threat, like little children who classify all people as “nice” or “mean.” Conscience, on the other hand, both democratizes and elevates ego to a larger sense of the group, the whole, the community, the greater good. It sees life in terms of service and contribution, in terms of others’ security and fulfillment.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“The servant-leader is servant first, it begins with a natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first, as opposed to, wanting power, influence, fame, or wealth.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Moral authority is another way to define servant leadership because it represents a reciprocal choice between leader and follower. If the leader is principle centered, he or she will develop moral authority. If the follower is principle centered, he or she will follow the leader. In this sense, both leaders and followers are followers. Why? They follow truth. They follow natural law. They follow principles. They follow a common, agreed-upon vision. They share values. They grow to trust one another.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Now you can do as I do, stand outside and criticize, bring pressure if you can, write and argue about it. All of this may do some good. But nothing of substance will happen unless there are people inside these institutions who are able to (and want to) lead them into better performance for the public good. Some of you ought to make careers inside these big institutions and become a force for good—from the inside.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Rabbi Heschel replied: “I would say: Let them remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Let them be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power, and that we can—every one—do our share to redeem the world in spite of all absurdities and all frustrations and all disappointments. And above all, remember that the meaning of life is to build a life as if it were a work of art.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“But perhaps the greatest threat is that we lack the mechanism of consensus, a way of making up our collective minds.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“One must not be afraid of a little silence. Some find silence awkward or oppressive, but a relaxed approach to dialogue will include the welcoming of some silence. It is often a devastating question to ask oneself-but it is sometimes important to ask it"In saying what I have in mind will I really improve on the silence?”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Create Dangerously.” And, as I ponder the fusing of servant and leader, it seems a dangerous creation: dangerous for the natural servant to become a leader, dangerous for the leader to be servant first, and dangerous for a follower to insist on being led by a servant.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Everywhere there is much complaining about too few leaders. We have too few because most institutions are structured so that only a few—only one at the time—can emerge.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Behind what is said in the collection presented here is a twofold concern. My first concern is for the individual in society and his or her seeming bent to deal with the massive problems of our times wholly in terms of systems, ideologies, and movements. These have their place, but they are not basic because they do not make themselves. The basics are the incremental thrusts of individuals who have the ability to serve and lead—the prime movers. My second concern is for the individual as a serving person and the tendency to deny wholeness and creative fulfillment to oneself by failing to lead when there is the opportunity.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“There is very little sustained performance at the level of excellence—of any kind, anywhere—without continuous coaching.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“To the worldly, servant-leaders may seem naive; and they may not adapt readily to prevailing institutional structures. The”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Typically, today, somebody in top management meets with a consultant, reads a book, gets excited about a new idea, and begins to talk about it.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“It is no challenge to lead when everybody is with you. Liberal”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Orthodoxy is a dam that is built by persons who think they have reached the ultimate in human thought, and that there will never be anything as good. They are finding that it is easier to become interested in the dam than in the great current that it is holding back. These”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“W. Edwards Deming—that arguably, over 90 percent of problems are due to bad systems, not bad people. However, Greenleaf correctly points out that people are the programmers.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“Joy is inward, it is generated inside. It is not found outside and brought in. It is for those who accept the world as it is, part good, part bad, and who identify with the good by adding a little island of serenity to it. Hermann”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
“The grand design of education is to excite, rather than pretend to satisfy, an ardent thirst for information; and to enlarge the capacity of the mind, rather than to store it with knowledge, however useful.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness