The Servant-Leader in Action – Trust

We all need to work with people we trust to pursue the mission and meet expectations. We rely on our co-workers to share our team’s values and encourage us to use our distinctive strengths on the job every day. Nurturing trust is critical to the servant-leader’s lead…

The Servant-Leader in Action – Mission and Expectations

If you want to recognize a servant-leader in action and uncover what she does to make servant leadership real, look for tangible, measurable, positive results in those who choose to follow her lead. It’s simple really: exemplary leaders are those who empower exemplary followers. Robert Greenleaf, the father of servant leadership, put the “best test” […]

Dreaming Great Dreams

“For anything to happen there must be a dream. And for anything great to happen there must be a great dream.” — Robert K. Greenleaf Every day as servant-leaders we bring to life the vision, mission, and values that define who we are and why we exist as an organization. Through the stories we tell […]

Who Do You Follow?

A good friend of mine once shared with me the following nugget of servant leadership wisdom: We cannot give the title of “servant-leader” to someone simply because they have followers. We must know who that leader follows to determine if they’re themselves are worth following. In his classic book, “The Power of Followership: How to […]

“What do YOU think?” — Tapping Leadership Within

Good questions work on us; we don’t work on them. Peter Block, The Answer to How is Yes: Acting On What Matters   There you are, the team leader, trapped in what seems like torture by meeting – meandering monologues, sullen silence, and not-so-sneak peeks at cell phones and tablets. You find yourself waiting for […]

Values and the serving way

One of the servant leader’s most important roles is to shape the organization’s culture through the values that are its roadmap. Guided by common standards, we walk together along the same path toward our great purpose.