The Greenleaf Newsletter – September 2015

Pat FaloticoHave you ever noticed how many holidays or days of remembrance are celebrated in the month of September? Each brings focus to the contributions of some on behalf of the many.

Greenleaf talked about that in his credo:
“This is my thesis: caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is the rock upon which a good society is built”

He went on to say:
“If a better society is to be built, one that is more just and more loving, one that provides greater creative opportunities for its people, then the most open course is to raise both the capacity to serve and the very performance as servant of existing major institutions.”

That is a weighty challenge, isn’t it? Not only do we need to work on ourselves everyday, we must ensure that institutions address the highest priority needs of others.

How do we accomplish that as servant-leaders? We need to sharpen our ability to persuade. Most people want to do the right thing but may not accept our course of action as that. It is our responsibility to help them see the merits of our approach so they can choose freely. Yes, it is hard! Yes, it takes time! Yes, it helps others grow!

In the Spirit,

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    Dear ma’am,
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    Regards,
    Prof Payal Kumar
    India

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