Larry C. Spears is President & CEO of the Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, Inc. (Indianapolis), established in 2008; and, he is Servant-Leadership Scholar at Gonzaga University (Spokane). From 1990-2007 he served as President & CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. Spears had previously been Managing Director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, a cooperative association of 12 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. He also served as a staff member with the GLCA Philadelphia Center and Friends Journal, in Philadelphia, PA.
Spears is also a writer and editor who has published hundreds of articles, essays, newsletters, books and other publications on servant-leadership. Dozens of newspapers and journals have interviewed him, including Fortune, the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, and Advancing Philanthropy. A 2004 television broadcast interview of Spears by Stone Phillips on NBC’s Dateline was seen by ten million viewers.
Larry is editor, contributing author, and creative force behind fifteen books on servant-leadership—
• Conversations on Servant-Leadership (with Ferch, McFarland, and Carey; 2015, SUNY Press)
• Fortuitous Encounters (with Paul Davis; 2013, Paulist Press)
• The Spirit of Servant Leadership (with Shann Ferch; 2011, Paulist Press)
• Within Your Reach (Bill Bottum; George SanFacon, Dorothy Lenz, and Larry Spears, Editors; 2010, Lulu Publishing)
• The Human Treatment of Human Beings (John Donnelly; Paul Davis and Larry Spears, Editors; 2009, Scanlon Leadership Foundation)
• Scanlon EPIC Leadership (with Paul Davis, 2008, Scanlon Leadership Foundation)
• Practicing Servant-Leadership: Succeeding Through Trust, Bravery and Forgiveness (with Michele Lawrence, 2004, Jossey-Bass)
• The Servant-Leader Within (with Hamilton Beazley & Julie Beggs, 2003, Paulist Press)
• Servant Leadership (2002 Silver Anniversary edition, Paulist Press)
• Focus on Leadership: Servant-Leadership in the 21st Century (with Michele Lawrence, 2002, John Wiley & Sons)
• The Power of Servant Leadership (1998, Berrett-Koehler)
• Insights on Leadership: Service, Stewardship, Spirit and Servant-Leadership (1998, John Wiley & Sons)
• Seeker and Servant (with Anne Fraker, 1996, Jossey-Bass)
• On Becoming a Servant Leader (with Don Frick, 1996, Jossey-Bass)
• Reflections on Leadership: How Robert K. Greenleaf’s Theory of Servant-Leadership Influenced Today’s Top Management Thinkers (1995, John Wiley & Sons)
He is also a contributing author to the above books and a dozen others, among them—
• The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership (2010, Jossey-Bass)
• The OnTarget Board Member (2007, OnTarget)
• Robert K. Greenleaf: A Life of Servant Leadership (2004, Berrett-Koehler)
• Cutting Edge: Leadership 2000 (2000, University of Maryland)
• Stone Soup for the World (1998, Conari Press)
• Leadership in a New Era (1994, New Leaders Press)
Larry is Series Editor of the Servant-Leadership Essay Series (22 essays; 1999-Present), and he serves as the Senior Advisory Editor for The International Journal of Servant Leadership (2005-Present). He also teaches graduate courses in both Servant-Leadership, and in Listening, for Gonzaga.
Spears is a frequent speaker on servant-leadership. The titles of some of his addresses include “Servant-Leadership and the Honoring of Excellence,” and “Servant-Leadership and Business.” Among his recent keynote presentations are addresses to the Servant-Leadership Research Roundtable, the Louisiana Office of Mental Health, Gonzaga University, and the Greenleaf Center. Since 1990, Larry has given two hundred keynote addresses on four continents, a dozen countries, and forty states. Larry has been called one of today’s foremost authority on servant-leadership. He spent time with Robert Greenleaf and first encountered Greenleaf’s writings on servant-leadership in the early 1980s. Following Greenleaf’s death in 1990, Larry examined Greenleaf’s personal papers and discovered dozens of unpublished essays, written over a fifty-year period. Many of these essays were later collected and published in 1996 in two volumes (On Becoming a Servant-Leader, and Seeker and Servant).
Among several honors, Spears is the recipient of the 2008 Community Leadership Award given by DePauw University, and the 2004 Dare-to-Lead Award given by the International Leadership Network. Larry has 40 years of experience in organizational leadership, non-profit management, and grant writing, having envisioned and authored 30 successful grant projects totaling several million dollars. The Spears Center is committed to enhancing the global understanding and practices of servant-leadership.
For more information, please contact:
Larry C. Spears, President & CEO
The Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, Inc.
329 Garden Grace Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46239