Servant-Leadership and Architecture

One might not necessarily associate the field of architecture with servant-leadership. In talking with architects over the years, I have learned that working in that profession can be a top-down, authoritarian experience based on pecking order. One firm, however, stands in contrast to
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Servant-Leadership and Personal Awareness

Servant-leaders have a deep understanding of themselves and constantly strive to expand their self-awareness. One tool that enhances this awareness is the Johari Window, which has been around for decades. As seen in the diagram, the window is divided into four panes or quadrants. The
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Servant-Leadership and Power

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker Rather than using power for its own sake or wielding control over others, servant-leaders use their personal power for the good of all. Power is most effective when shared, as mult
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Servant-Leadership and Girls’ Education

Michelle Obama recently made an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. For a good part of the segment, the First Lady discussed the President and her initiative, Let Girls Learn, which promotes girls’ education throughout the world in conjunction with several US government
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Announcing 2017 Servant-Leader Scholarship

Many organizations view themselves as servant-led, and rightly so. Mission-based community work tends to draw those who feel called to serve others and the common good. Over the last three years, the Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership has offered scholarship opportunities to organi
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Servant-Leadership & Equality

A friend of mine recently posted a feminist critique of servant-leadership by Deborah Eicher-Catt, which I had read once before as a way to see what different perspectives were out there about a mode of leadership which tends to have as many different definitions as there are voices i
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Servant-Leadership & Peace

The Orlando shootings took place the day before I was scheduled to begin facilitating a five-day workshop on emotional intelligence. While we were sharing our reactions and our grief that Sunday, a colleague asked me, “Do you need to be with your folk?” While I appreciated her concern
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Small Groups & Servant-Leadership

Small groups, which serve as mainstays in building and maintaining community especially within the context of a larger organization, each have their own life cycles fluidly divided into certain stages of development. Bruce Tuckman, a professor of educational psychology, developed four
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Assertiveness & Servant-Leadership

The servant-leader’s shadow side can entail an imbalanced tendency to please others at all times. We might not typically think of servant-leaders as assertive, but if we think about former Episcopal bishop Bennett Sims’ statement that servant-leadership is both velvet and steel, we ca
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Reality Testing & Servant-Leadership

Reality testing, the ability to remain objective and to hold a realistic view of a situation, is a key trait of a servant-leader. Evaluating anything from a business plan to a relationship without being clouded by emotion is crucial to our survival. When we know what is realistically
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