Practicing Servant-Leadership

Practicing Servant-Leadership : Succeeding Through Trust, Bravery, and Forgiveness

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Practicing Servant-Leadership brings together a group of exceptional thinkers who offer a compendium of thought on the topic of bringing servant-leadership into the daily lives of leaders. Each contributor focuses on his or her area of expertise, exploring how servant-leadership works in the real world, using examples from a variety of organizations such as businesses, nonprofits, churches, schools, foundations, and leadership organizations. Highlights of the book's twelve essays include information on:* how the idealistic vision of the servant as leader works even in the competitive world of business.* encouraging leaders to begin by looking at what they themselves want to become and then to bring this knowledge into their daily leadership.* how the principles of servant-leadership can enhance our understanding and practice of philanthropy.* examining the board chairperson's especially vital role as a servant- leader.* exploring what leaders learn from being followers. Order your copy today!
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 155 x 225 x 21mm | 506g
  • Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0787974552
  • 9780787974558
  • 638,996

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"Servant and leader-can these two roles be fused in one realperson, no matter what the calling or level of status? If so, cansuch a person live and be productive in the real world of thepresent?" Robert K. Greenleaf said the answer is "Yes."

Practicing Servant-Leadership brings together a group ofexceptional thinkers who offer a compendium of thought on the topicof bringing servant-leadership into the daily lives of leaders.Each contributor focuses on his or her area of expertise, exploringhow servant-leadership works in the real world, using examples froma variety of organizations such as businesses, nonprofits, churches, schools, foundations, and leadership organizations.Highlights of the book's twelve essays include

How the idealistic vision of the servant as leader works evenin the competitive world of businessEncouraging leaders to begin by looking at what they themselveswant to become and then to bring this knowledge into their dailyleadershipHow the principles of servant-leadership can enhance ourunderstanding and practice of philanthropyExamining the board chairperson's especially vital role asa servant- leaderRevealing the important role that religious congregations andseminaries can play in helping to hold organizations in trustaround the exercise of their power and prerogativeExploring what leaders learn from being followers

Those new to servant-leadership will find PracticingServant-Leadership a practical guide to the model, and thosealready familiar with the model will find new practical applicationand inspiration.
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VOICES OF SERVANT-LEADERSHIP

"Servant-leadership has never been more applicable to the worldof leadership than it is today."
--Ken Blanchard, author, The Heart of Leadership

"We are each indebted to Greenleaf for bringing spirit andvalues into the workplace."
--Peter Block, author, Stewardship

"I congratulate the Greenleaf Center for its invaluable serviceto society and for carrying the torch of servant-leadership overthe years."
--Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly EffectivePeople

"Robert Greenleaf takes us beyond cynicism and cheap tricks andsimplified techniques into the heart of the matter, into thespiritual lives of those who lead."
--Parker Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach

"Servant-leadership is more than a concept. As far as I'mconcerned, it is a fact. I would simply define it by saying thatany great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of anygroup, will see herself or himself primarily as a servant of thatgroup and will act accordingly."
--M. Scott Peck, author, The Road Less Traveled

"No one in the past thirty years has had a more profound impacton thinking about leadership than Robert Greenleaf. If we sought anobjective measure of the quality of leadership available tosociety, there would be none better than the number of peoplereading and studying his writings."
--Peter M. Senge, author, The Fifth Discipline

Contributors include
James A. Autry, John C. Bogle, Richard R. Broholm, John C.Burkhardt, John Carver, Don DeGraaf, Shann R. Ferch, Robert K.Greenleaf, Daniel H. Kim, Larry Neal, Larry C. Spears, David L.Specht, Colin Tilley, Wendell J. Walls, and Margaret J. Wheatley, with Foreword by Warren Bennis.
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Table of contents

Foreword: Why Servant-Leadership Matters (Warren Bennis). Preface. Acknowledgments. The Editors and The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. The Contributors. 1. Who Is the Servant-Leader? (Robert K. Greenleaf). 2. The Understanding and Practice of Servant-Leadership (Larry C. Spears). 3. The Unique Double Servant-Leadership Role of the Board Chairperson (John Carver). 4. Love and Work A Conversation with James A. Autry. 5. Servant-Leadership and Philanthropic Institutions (John C. Burkhardt, Larry C. Spears). 6. On the Right Side of History (John C. Bogle). 7. Anatomy of a Collaboration: An Act of Servant-Leadership (Wendell J.Walls). 8. Servant-Leadership Characteristics in Organizational Life (Don DeGraaf, Colin Tilley, Larry Neal). 9. Toward a Theology of Institutions (David L. Specht with Richard R. Broholm). 10. Foresight as the Central Ethic of Leadership (Daniel H. Kim). 11. Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and Social Justice (Shann R. Ferch). 12. The Servant-Leader: From Hero to Host An Interview with Margaret J. Wheatley. Endnotes. Recommended Reading. Index.
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About Larry C. Spears

Larry C. Spears is president and CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. Spears is the former managing director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, a cooperative association of twelve colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including On Becoming a Servant-Leader, Reflections on Leadership, and Seeker and Servant from Jossey-Bass. Michele Lawrence directs the annual international conference for the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership and acts as editor of the quarterly newsletter, The Servant-Leader. Together with Spears, she is coeditor of Focus on Leadership from John Wiley & Sons.
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