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The Spirituality of Servant Leadership

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Transcript of The Spirituality of Servant Leadership

The Spirituality of Servant Leadership
What is servant leadership?
Why embrace servant leadership?
How do we embody servant leadership?
GREENLEAF'S TEN TRAITS:
Persuasion
Awareness
Healing
Empathy
Listening
Building Community
Committed to Growth
Stewardship
Foresight
Vision
SERVANT LEADERS, LIKE CHRIST...
+ TRUST their followers
+ have EARNED respect
+ set the standards by EXAMPLE
+ glorify TEAM spirit
+ use their heads but also their HEARTS
+ help realize their followers’ DREAMS
+ say “LET'S GO!” not “get going!”
+ LAUGH at themselves
+ have OPEN minds
+ focus on the KINGDOM that lies beyond us
+ are SUSTAINED by their leadership
Servant leadership is leading
by caring for those entrusted to us.

It develops from a natural desire to serve
followed by an inclination to lead.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP IS NOT:
Overly top-down
Controlling
Judging
Distrustful
Legalistic
Rigid
Extrinsically-driven
self
awareness
situational awareness
acts of servant leadership
A few examples from my experience:
Twitter account
Purple cows
Staff recognition
Service learning
Listening leaders event
It is a vehicle -
it gives us a practical philosophy
and answers the "how?"
more than the "what?".
Robert K. Greenleaf
CEO - Professor - Lecturer
Hesse - Journey to the East
The Servant as Leader - 1970
IT IS CORE TO OUR MISSION:


The Archdiocesan Mission Statement: Share Jesus Love

“Jesus Love,” often referred to as agape love, seeks only the benefit of another. It is the total gift of self, modeled by the three persons of the Trinity. Within our mission statement, the name of Jesus is an adjective that describes God’s love which we are called to share.

In the Gospel, Jesus provides us with the Greatest Commandment, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus also tells us that by loving our neighbor “all will know that you are my disciples…”

May we in the Archdiocese of Dubuque “Share Jesus Love” with all whom we encounter (especially the poor, the marginalized, the down-and-out, and those who hurt others because of their own past hurts) to build the kingdom of God through true Christian discipleship.

How do you Share Jesus Love?

Greenleaf on the Catholic Church - hope!
Ministry is demanding.
Leadership is demanding.
To minister or to lead well is fiecely demanding.

Servant leadership brings us back - helps us remember!
Research support
The Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets
Corporate research
Enrollment data:
Catholic schools' 3 aces
ISACS
We cannot give what we do not have.
We need to be full to pour out.
Then we finally take action.
Critical reflection of this action is essential for continued effective servant leadership.
It becomes a cycle in which our servanthood makes us more aware, and this awareness again calls us to service....
If you forget everything else here, just remember it's all about GOD...
G: Gratitude
O: Outreach
D: Discernment
The measure of a servant leader:
"Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?"
Introductions:
Name
School
Reason for coming

Now that we have some common understanding,
we do well to engage in the pedagogy.

Step 1: self awareness....
Some discussion...
questions...
concerns...
What's next-
tell your friends! (next meetings in spring)
...and for those who are not predisposed to servant leadership, Greenleaf recommends beginning with authentic listening...
It generally feels good!
Attrition rates
Reported happiness
Financial growth
Competitive edge
AT&T
Starbucks
Southwest Airlines
The Container Store
Just a little history about
how this idea was born...
Before his passion, Jesus' last actions
were to wash their feet and to eat with them
Take a minute with a few neighbors to share what
stands out to you so far regarding servant leadership.
Let's share our thoughts
as a large group.
What stands out now?
Share with a small group, and then with the large group.
What is spirituality?
A working definition...
OED: the quality or condition of being spiritual; attachment to or regard for things of the spirit as opposed to material or worldly interests
Wikipedia: Concern for that which is unseen and intangible, as opposed to physical or mundane.
National Cancer Institute: Having to do with deep, often religious, feeling and beliefs, including a person's sense of peace, purpose, connection to others, and beliefs about the meaning of life.
A web of lies
vs.
A well of "whys"
A story...
... but something (spiritual)
does call us forward ....
We can control our own paradigm.
A paradigm of gratitude is a great place to begin.
Now how do you feel?
Now make a fist...
hold it tightly....

...old habits die hard.
Our servanthood often hits two main obstacles:
Control
and
ego
Our leaership often hits two main obstacles:
vainglory
and
fear
When this happens it can impede our ability to serve.
Where do you tend to fall on this spectrum?

Selfish------MYOB------Generous------Codependant

When this happens, it can impede our ability to lead.
Where do you tend to fall on this specturm?

Resistant------Passive------Leader------Coercive
Selfish MYOB Generous Codependant
Coercive



Leadership





Passive



Resistant
Quick discussion:
Why are you here?
Why do you minister?
Why do you lead?
Take 15 seconds each to think of
things on your to-do list
bills you need to pay
places in your home that need addressing
relationships with lingering pain
Please take a few minutes to silently name
several wonderful things in your life
(more specific is often better!)
- gratitude/prayer journal -
Where do you fit in the quadrant?
Where would you like to aim to be?
What will you do to get there?
Mark up your personal copy...
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