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Insights on Leadership. Service, Stewardship, Spirit, and Servant-Leadership. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2215199
  • Book
  • October 1997
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Robert K. Greenleaf from "The Servant as Leader"

"The servant-leader is servant first. Becoming a servant-leader begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. . . . The best test is this: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?"

Stephen R. Covey from "Servant-Leadership from the Inside Out"

"You may be able to buy someone's hand and back, but you cannot buy their heart, mind, and spirit. And in the competitive reality of today's global marketplace, it will be only those organizations whose people not only willingly volunteer their tremendous creative talent, commitment, and loyalty, but whose organizations align their structures, systems, and management style to support the empowerment of their people that will survive and thrive as market leaders."

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."


Stephen R. Covey

Larry C. Spears

Robert K. Greenleaf

Ken Blanchard

Elizabeth Jeffries

Joe Batten

Lawrence J. Lad and David Luechauer

Jack Lowe Jr.

Ann McGee-Cooper

Peter Block

Susana Barciela

John J. Gardiner

Richard P. Nielsen

Jill W. Graham

Bill Bottum with Dorothy Lenz

Robert E. Kelley

Judith A. Sturnick

Parker J. Palmer

Diane Cory

Diane Fassel

Thomas A. Bausch

Christine Wicker

James Conley and Fraya Wagner-Marsh

Joseph Jaworski

John P. Schuster

Ken Melrose

John S. Lore

James A. Autry

Irving R. Stubbs

James M. Kouzes

Jeffrey N. McCollum

Margaret J. Wheatley

Don M. Frick

"It is one of the great ironies of our age that we created organizations to constrain our problematic human natures, and now the only thing that can save these organizations is a full appreciation of the expansive capacities of us humans." --Margaret J. Wheatley from "What Is Our Work?"

Leadership without hierarchy? Organization in a whirlwind of change? Community and shared responsibility in a global village? Soul in a free-enterprise world? Robert Greenleaf's visionary theory of Servant-Leadership continues to engage many of the best minds in and out of business. Greenleaf's prescriptions for employee empowerment and organizational change continue to achieve nothing short of miraculous results in organizations worldwide. As one enthusiastic observer wrote in Fortune magazine, "Once the consensus is forged, watch out: With everybody on board, your so-called implementation proceeds 'wham-bam.'"

In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Reflections on Leadership, many of today's most respected business thinkers share their insights into key aspects of Robert Greenleaf's revolutionary thinking. Over the course of 33 essays, a dream team consisting of such luminaries as Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Peter Block, Margaret Wheatley, John Schuster, and James Autry explore how Greenleaf has influenced today's business leaders and discuss a range of leadership principles at the heart of his philosophy, including stewardship, the spirit of the workplace, and the concept of healing leadership.

A source of inspiration and instruction, Insights on Leadership is required reading for senior executives, community leaders, and managers in for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
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Partial table of contents:


Servant-Leadership (R. Greenleaf).

Servant-Leadership Revisited (K. Blanchard).

On the Path to Servant-Leadership (L. Lad & D. Luechauer).

Trust: The Invaluable Asset (J. Lowe).


From Leadership to Citizenship (P. Block).

Followership in a Leadership World (R. Kelley).

Healing Leadership (J. Sturnick).


Leading from Within (P. Palmer).

Seeking the Soul of Business (C. Wicker).

Destiny and the Leader (J. Jaworski).


Servants, Egos, and Shoeshines: A World of Sacramental Possibility (J. Schuster).

Finding Your Voice (J. Kouzes).

What is Our Work?

(M. Wheatley).

Afterword: Understanding Robert K. Greenleaf and Servant-Leadership (D. Frick).


About the Editor and The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership.


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Larry C. Spears
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