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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A Better Way

Jesus came into the world not to serve but to be served. Yep, you read that right. Years ago in a grant application, the Servant-Leader Development Center, forerunner to the Gabriel Center, stated that Jesus’ entire purpose was to find ways he could be served rather than to serve othe
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Asians as Role Models in Servant-Leadership

As an Asian American, growing up in the U.S. in the late 80’s could be difficult at times. Especially, when you are a 14-yr-old trying to fit in. Now that I’m thinking back on it, Asians did not look good in any of the 80’s fashion trends such as the fingerless gloves, Members Only ja
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Expanding self-awareness through coaching

Emotional intelligence and servant-leadership have many similarities, and one of the most important ones is the intentional development of self-awareness. At the Gabriel Center, one method by which we help our clients develop awareness is by giving and receiving feedback in a kind, ge
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Why Servant-Leadership? What makes us different?

Servant-leadership, while an ancient idea, is ripe for the 21st century. It is the antidote to top-heavy, top-down corporate leadership that has diminished human values in the workplace. Servant-leadership is about bringing personal awareness, collaboration, and emotional intelligence
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