The Power of Servant-Leadership

Robert Greenleaf (Author) | Larry Spears (Author) | Peter Vaill (Author)

Publication date: 09/24/2002

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The Power of Servant-Leadership

During the last decade, we have witnessed an unparalleled explosion of interest in the practice of "servant-leadership," as today's business leaders search for a new leadership model for the 21st century. Based on the seminal work of Robert K. Greenleaf, a former AT& T executive who coined the term almost thirty years ago, servant-leadership emphasizes an emerging approach to leadership--one which puts serving others, including employees, customers, and community, first. In fact, Greenleaf's work, including his bestselling Servant-Leadership, has become increasingly popular since his death in 1990 and continues to inspire a growing movement of people and organizations concerned with issues of leadership, management, service, and spirit.

The Power of Servant-Leadership is a collection of nine of Greenleaf's most compelling essays on servant-leadership. These essays, published together in one volume for the first time, contain many of Greenleaf's best insights into the nature and practice of servant-leadership and show his continual refinement of the servant-as-leader concept. In addition, several of the essays focus on the related issues of spirit, commitment to vision, and wholeness.

The Power of Servant-Leadership also features a foreword by Peter Vaill, author of Learning as a Way of Being, and Managing as a Performing Art; and an Afterword by Jim Shannon, editor of The Corporate Contributions Handbook and retired president of the General Mills Foundation.

During the last decade, we have witnessed an unparalleled explosion of interest in the practice of "servant-leadership," as today's business leaders search for a new leadership model for the 21st century. Based on the seminal work of Robert K. Greenleaf, a former AT& T executive who coined the term almost thirty years ago, servant-leadership emphasizes an emerging approach to leadership--one which puts serving others, including employees, customers, and community, first. In fact, Greenleaf's work, including his bestselling Servant-Leadership, has become increasingly popular since his death in 1990 and continues to inspire a growing movement of people and organizations concerned with issues of leadership, management, service, and spirit.

The Power of Servant-Leadership is a collection of nine of Greenleaf's most compelling essays on servant-leadership. These essays, published together in one volume for the first time, contain many of Greenleaf's best insights into the nature and practice of servant-leadership and show his continual refinement of the servant-as-leader concept. In addition, several of the essays focus on the related issues of spirit, commitment to vision, and wholeness.

The Power of Servant-Leadership also features a foreword by Peter Vaill, author of Learning as a Way of Being, and Managing as a Performing Art; and an Afterword by Jim Shannon, editor of The Corporate Contributions Handbook and retired president of the General Mills Foundation.

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During the last decade, we have witnessed an unparalleled explosion of interest in the practice of "servant-leadership," as today's business leaders search for a new leadership model for the 21st century. Based on the seminal work of Robert K. Greenleaf, a former AT& T executive who coined the term almost thirty years ago, servant-leadership emphasizes an emerging approach to leadership--one which puts serving others, including employees, customers, and community, first. In fact, Greenleaf's work, including his bestselling Servant-Leadership, has become increasingly popular since his death in 1990 and continues to inspire a growing movement of people and organizations concerned with issues of leadership, management, service, and spirit.

The Power of Servant-Leadership is a collection of nine of Greenleaf's most compelling essays on servant-leadership. These essays, published together in one volume for the first time, contain many of Greenleaf's best insights into the nature and practice of servant-leadership and show his continual refinement of the servant-as-leader concept. In addition, several of the essays focus on the related issues of spirit, commitment to vision, and wholeness.

The Power of Servant-Leadership also features a foreword by Peter Vaill, author of Learning as a Way of Being, and Managing as a Performing Art; and an Afterword by Jim Shannon, editor of The Corporate Contributions Handbook and retired president of the General Mills Foundation.

During the last decade, we have witnessed an unparalleled explosion of interest in the practice of "servant-leadership," as today's business leaders search for a new leadership model for the 21st century. Based on the seminal work of Robert K. Greenleaf, a former AT& T executive who coined the term almost thirty years ago, servant-leadership emphasizes an emerging approach to leadership--one which puts serving others, including employees, customers, and community, first. In fact, Greenleaf's work, including his bestselling Servant-Leadership, has become increasingly popular since his death in 1990 and continues to inspire a growing movement of people and organizations concerned with issues of leadership, management, service, and spirit.

The Power of Servant-Leadership is a collection of nine of Greenleaf's most compelling essays on servant-leadership. These essays, published together in one volume for the first time, contain many of Greenleaf's best insights into the nature and practice of servant-leadership and show his continual refinement of the servant-as-leader concept. In addition, several of the essays focus on the related issues of spirit, commitment to vision, and wholeness.

The Power of Servant-Leadership also features a foreword by Peter Vaill, author of Learning as a Way of Being, and Managing as a Performing Art; and an Afterword by Jim Shannon, editor of The Corporate Contributions Handbook and retired president of the General Mills Foundation.

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Visit Author Page - Robert Greenleaf

Robert K. Greenleaf (1904 - 1990) was director of management research at AT&T. He held a joint appointment as visiting lecturer of the MIT Sloan School of Management and at the Harvard Business School. As a lifelong student of organization, he distilled his observations in a series of essays, books, and videotapes on the theme of The Servant as Leader, to stimulate thought and action for building a better, more caring society. He is the author of the bestselling classic Servant-Leadership , as well as the newly published The Power of Servant-Leadership.



Visit Author Page - Larry Spears

Larry C. Spears is President of The Spears Center for Servant-Leadership and serves as Servant-Leadership Scholar for Gonzaga University.  He is also Senior Editor of the International Journal of Servant-Leadership.  From 1990-2007, he served as President & CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center. He previously served as executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, and on the staffs of the Great Lakes Colleges Associationφs Philadelphia Center, and Friends Journal, a Quaker magazine. He is the editor and co-editor of fourteen books, including Insights on Leadership, On Becoming a Servant-Leader, Conversations on Servant-Leadership, and The Power of Servant-Leadership, a collection of essays by Robert K. Greenleaf.



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Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter B. Vaill
Introduction by Larry Spears
1. Servant-Leadership: Retrospect and Prospect
2. Education and Maturity
3. The Leadership Crisis
4. Have you a Dream Deferred?
5. The Servant as Religious Leader
6. Seminary as Servant
7. Robert Frost's Directive and the Spiritual Journey
8. My Debt to E.B. White
9. Old Age: The Ultimate Test of Spirit
Afterword by James P. Shannon

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Endorsements

"No one in the past 30 years has had a more profound impact on thinking about leadership than Robert Greenleaf."

Peter M. Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline

"An extraordinary collection of Greenleaf's finest and most mature essays on servant-leadership, spirit, and wholeness....It is destined to become a classic."

Max DePree, author of Leading Without Power and Leadership Is an Art

"Bob Greenleaf was the first author on leadership to emphasize that human institutions mean far more than results or success or profits. He believed that we exist in order to cooperate with others to achieve purposes beyond ourselves, for some greater collective good. These splendidly thoughtful essays elaborate on that theme....A blessing for us all.

Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and author of Organizing Genius

"Greenleaf wrote clearly and forcefully about the issues that challenge us. . . . This volume is a great help for stepping into the future that Greenleaf describes so eloquently."

Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and coauthor of A Simpler Way

"For many who have had their lives affected by Greenleaf, [these writings] will be a promise fulfilled. For those who will be introduced to servant-leadership through these essays, the experience will be a welcoming introduction."

Dr. John C. Burkhardt, Program Director, Leadership and Higher Education, W. K. Kellogg Foundation

"At last, these timeless essays by Robert Greenleaf gathered in a single volume. Buy one for yourself and one for each of your children and grandchildren. They will thank you even as we thank this great servant-leader."

Frances Hesselbein, President, The Drucker Foundation, and co-editor of The Community of the Future, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future

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