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    January 17th, 2012

    ♬ If you wish to be the first you must seek
    To be a servant, to be a servant of all…♬

    Lyrics, music and recorded by David Haas.



    This is a guest post from Beth Flynn’s Leadership Moments newsletter at the OSU Leadership Center.  It deals with a concept that I personally see offering a great deal of personal growth and possibility for real change:  servant leadership.

    Wikipedia defines servant leadership as follows:

    Servant leadership is a philosophy and practice of leadership, coined and defined by Robert K. Greenleaf (Born 1904 in Terre Haute, Indiana; died in 1990) and supported by many leadership and management writers such as James Autry, Ken BlanchardStephen CoveyPeter BlockPeter SengeMax DePree, Scott Greenberg, Larry Spears, Margaret Wheatley, James C. Hunter, Kent Keith, Ken Jennings, Don Frick and others. Servant-leaders achieve results for their organizations by giving priority attention to the needs of their colleagues and those they serve. Servant-leaders are often seen as humble stewards of their organization’s resources: human, financial and physical.

    Accordingly, here is Beth’s post on servant leadership:

    • All growth and most good things come from paying attention.
    • Use every experience.
    • Never think of employees as “labor,” as a commodity.
    • Avoid the tyranny of technocracy.
    • Abandon the career planning traps.
    • Avoid “building” a resume.
    • Expect the unexpected and be ready to embrace change.
    • Take the work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
    • Do not use long-term solutions to short-term problems.
    • Never run away from anything (Ray Ferch & Spears, 2011, p. 133-134).

    From:  Ray Ferch, S. & Spears, L.C. eds. (2011).  The Spirit of Servant-Leadership.  Mahwah, NJ:  Paulist Press.

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    Thanks Beth for another great leadership post on how we can be a leader by exercising servant stewardship of our organization’s resources.


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