Reflections on Leadership: How Robert K. Greenleaf's Theory of Servant-Leadership Influenced Today's Top Management Thinkers
Reflections on Leadership: How Robert K. Greenleaf's Theory of Servant-Leadership Influenced Today's Top Management Thinkers  -     By: Larry C. Spears
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Reflections on Leadership opens with two remarkable essays by Greenleaf himself. One of them, "Reflections from Experience," published here for the first time, presents Greenleaf's prophetic observations on the use of executive power in an organization. In "Life's Choices and Markers," Greenleaf recounts five significant influences that led him to develop his revolutionary ideas on the nature of leadership.

In Reflections on Leadership, a host of notable management thinkers explore the implications of the servant-leadership concept in such areas as:

  • Business ethics
  • Team-building and servant-leadership
  • Corporate risk-taking
  • Spirit in the workplace
  • Becoming a servant-leader
  • The future of leadership
For those who have already benefited from Greenleaf's ideas and wish to deepen their understanding, this is an essential book. It is also the ideal introduction for those eager to draw on a source of wisdom that has inspired so many others.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Wiley
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 9.32 X 6.3 (inches)
ISBN: 0471036862
ISBN-13: 9780471036869

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"I believe that [Bob Greenleaf's] essay, 'The Servant as Leader' isthe most singular and useful statement on leadership that I haveread in the last 20 years. Despite a virtual tidal wave of books onleadership during the last few years, there is something differentabout Bob Greenleaf's essay, something both simpler and moreprofound . . . For many years, I simply told people not to wastetheir time reading all the other managerial leadership books. 'Ifyou are really serious about the deeper territory of trueleadership,' I would say, 'read Greenleaf.' " —from Chapter20 by Peter M. Senge, Director of the Center for OrganizationalLearning at MIT's Sloan School of Management and author of TheFifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

"There is a building momentum for enlightened leadership in thefor-profit world, the social sector, and many areas of governmenttoday . . . Good books that deal with the beliefs and convictionsthat nurture this movement are not easy to find. This is one.Reflections on Leadership is a worthy and worthwhile gift to allthose who attach high value both to their responsibilities and tothe people with whom they work." —from the Foreword, by MaxDePree, Chairman and CEO of Herman Miller Inc. and author ofLeadership Is an Art and Leadership Jazz "I could give you threeexamples of major businesses who have used this business ofservant-leadership training . . . at times of terrible crisis andhave worked themselves out of the crisis. Practicingservant-leadership . . . had absolutely enormous incrediblebenefits for them . . . and then they threw it away. Because, assoon as the crisis passed, they said 'why exert ourselves?' Thegreat problem is not how to . . . teach servant-leadership in thefirst place, but to get organizations to continue to use it andembed it in part of their culture." —from Chapter 7 by M.Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled

"Reflections on Leadership is fitting tribute to a man whose ownsense of service has given all of us hope that at long last leaderswill recognize that power of purpose is far stronger than power ofposition. After nearly 30 years, Robert K. Greenleaf's work hasstruck a resonant chord in the minds and hearts of scholars andpractitioners alike. His message lives through others, the truelegacy of a servant-leader." —Jim Kouzes, Chairman and CEO ofTPG/Learning Systems and coauthor of The Leadership Challenge andCredibility

"We are each indebted to Greenleaf for bringing spirit andvalues into the workplace. His ideas will have enduring value forevery generation of leaders." —Peter Block, Founding Partner,Designed Learning Inc. and author of The Empowered Manager,Flawless Consulting, and Stewardship: Choosing Service OverSelf-Interest

In the twenty-five years since Robert K. Greenleaf firstarticulated his vision of "servant-leadership," the world has seena steady expansion in the influence of the man and his ideas.Hailed as the "grandfather" of the modern empowerment movement inbusiness leadership, Greenleaf described true leaders as those wholead by serving others —empowering them to reach their fullpotential. He saw the ideal leader as one who transforms andintegrates an organization; a steward with a commitment to thegrowth of people and the building of a community.

Reflections on Leadership demonstrates the scope of Greenleaf'simpact on contemporary management theory and offers key essays byGreenleaf and his leading business and intellectual disciples. Theyinclude such influential thinkers as M. Scott Peck, author of TheRoad Less Traveled, and Peter Senge, author of The FifthDiscipline.

"Despite all the buzz about modern leadership techniques, no oneknows better than Greenleaf what really matters." —WorkingWoman magazine

Reflections on Leadership opens with two remarkable essays byGreenleaf himself. One of them, "Reflections from Experience,"published here for the first time, presents Greenleaf's propheticobservations on the use of executive power in an organization. In"Life's Choices and Markers," Greenleaf recounts five significantinfluences that led him to develop his revolutionary ideas on thenature of leadership.

"Servant-leadership deals with the reality of power in everydaylife—its legitimacy, the ethical restraints upon it and thebeneficial results that can be attained through the appropriate useof power." —The New York Times

In Reflections on Leadership, a host of notable managementthinkers explore the implications of the servant-leadership conceptin such areas as:

  • Business ethics
  • Team-building and servant-leadership
  • Corporate risk-taking
  • Spirit in the workplace
  • Becoming a servant-leader
  • The future of leadership

For those who have already benefited from Greenleaf's ideas andwish to deepen their understanding, this is an essential book. Itis also the ideal introduction for those eager to draw on a sourceof wisdom that has inspired so many others.

Author Bio

About the editor
LARRY C. SPEARS is Executive Director of The Greenleaf Center forServant-Leadership, which is dedicated to spreading the message ofservant-leadership originated by Mr. Greenleaf. Robert K. Greenleaf(1904-1990) was Director of Management Research at AT&T and avisiting lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management and at theHarvard Business School.

Editorial Reviews

Reflections on Leadership: How Robert K. Greenleaf's Theory ofServant Leadership Influenced Today's Top ManagementThinkers--Spears, Larry C.
"I believe that (Bob Greenleaf's) essay, 'The Servant as Leader' isthe most singular and useful statement on leadership that I haveread in the last 20 years. Despite a virtual tidal wave of books onleadership during the last few years, there is something differentabout Bob Greenleaf's essay, something both simpler and moreprofound.... For many years, I simply told people not to wastertheir time reading other managerial leadership books. 'If you arereally serious about the territory of true leadership," I wouldsay, 'read Greenleaf.'" --From Chapter 20 by Peter M. Senge,Director of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT's SloanSchoolof Management and author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art andPractice of the Learning Organization
"There is a building momentum for enlightened leadership in the forprofit world, the social sector, and many areas of governmenttoday...Good books that deal with the beliefs and convictions thatnurture this movement are not easy to find. This is one.Reflections on Leadership is a worthy and worth while gift to allthose who attach high value both to their responsibilities and tothe people with whom they work." --from the Foreword, by MaxDePree, Chairman and CEO of Herman Miller Inc. and author ofLeadership Is an Art and Leadership Jazz
"I can give you three examples of major businesses who have usedthis business of servantleadership training...at times of terriblecrisis andhave worked themselves out of the crisis. Practicingservant leadership...had absolutely enormous incredible benefitsfor them...and then they threw it away. Because, as soon as thecrisis passed, the said 'why exert ourselves?' The great problem isnot how to reach servant leadership in the first place, but to getorganizations to continue to use it and embed it in part of theirculture." --from Chapter 7 by M. Scott Peck, author of The RoadLess Traveled
"Reflection on Leadership is fitting tribute to a man whose ownsense of service has given all of us hope that at long last leaderswill recognize that power of purpose is far stronger than power ofposition. After nearly 30 years, Robert K. Greenleaf's work hasstruck a resonant chord in the minds and hears of scholars andpractitioners alike. His message lives through others, the truelegacy of a servant leader." --Jim Kouzes, Chairman and CEO ofTPG/Learning Systems and coauthor of The Leadership Challenge andCredibility.
"We are each indebted to Greenleaf for bringing spirit and valuesinto the workplace. His ideas will have enduring value for everygeneration of leaders." --Peter Block, Founding Partner, DesignedLearning Inc. and author of The Empowered Manager, FlawlessConsulting and Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self Interest

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