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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Stress Tolerance & Servant-Leadership

Just like anyone else, servant-leaders get stressed out. What helps most is resiliency, or the ability to cope, to bounce back. Stress tolerance, a trait of emotional intelligence, combined with self-awareness, is crucial to balancing personal and professional demands. At this time of
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Velvet & Steel of Servant-Leadership

Servant-leadership is not doormat leadership. I find myself saying that to people new to servant-leadership as they contemplate an upended or reimagined hierarchy. I’m reminded of what Bennett Sims, once a bishop of Atlanta, said of servant-leadership as a duel-edged approach to
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New Year, New Intentions

Like the Roman mythological figure Janus, many of us look ahead and behind as we approach the coming of a new calendar year. A common tradition around this time, of course, is to make new year’s resolutions, suggesting that our actions and behavior will be different and better s
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