Robert K. Greenleaf, author of the classic Servant-Leadership, was director of management research at AT&T. He held a joint appointment as a visiting lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at the Harvard Business School. He died in 1990. Editor Larry C. Spears has been CEO of The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership since 1990. He is the editor and co-editor of several books, including Insights on Leadership and Seeker and Servant.
"The Power of Servant-Leadership is an extraordinary collection of
Robert Greenleaf's finest and most mature essays on
servant-leadership, spirit, and wholeness. Today there is a growing
worldwide movement of people and organizations-- deeply committed
to servant-leadership--who have been inspired by Greenleaf's
earlier writings. Beautifully enriched by Peter Vaill's Foreword,
Jim Shannon's Afterword, and Larry Spears's Introduction, The Power
of Servant-Leadership is a wonderful and unexpected gift to the
world. It is destined to become a classic."
--Max DePree, author of Leading Without Power and Leadership is an Art
"No one in the past 30 years has had a more profound impact on thinking about leadership than Robert Greenleaf. If we sought an objective measure of the quality of leadership available to society, there would be none better than the number of people reading and studying Robert Greenleaf's writings."
--Peter M. Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline
"It is wonderful to have access to Greenleaf's visionary thought in The Power of Servant-Leadership. Every time I read him, I am both humbled and awed. Nearly thirty years ago he wrote clearly and forcefully about the issues that still challenge us today. It is time to act on his visions, and this volume is a great help for stepping into the future that Greenleaf describes so eloquently."
--Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science, co-author of A Simpler Way
"The most difficult steps, Greenleaf has written, that any developing servant-leader must take, is to begin the personal journey toward wholeness and self-discovery. This new collection of essays, written with exceptional depth and grace, offer Robert Greenleaf's most powerful insights about this journey. Anyone interested in the most subtle yet most important aspects of the emerging leadership paradigm must read this book."
--Joseph Jaworski, author of Synchronicity
"In my area of work, I've found that the concept of servant- leadership is crucial to advance governing boards beyond their current primitive state. The Power of Servant-Leadership assembles Greenleaf's groundbreaking observations in an accessible and concentrated form for today's busy readers."
--John Carver, author of Boards That Make a Difference
"The writings of Robert Greenleaf grow as the reader matures in leadership and understanding of the cultural transformation taking place around us. The essays in The Power of Servant- Leadership take on new meaning with each reading and are well worth continuing reflection. We first met Greenleaf in 1978. Each year since, we have grown to discover fresh dimensions within his writing and thought. Like special mentors, these penetrating essays will continue to guide you like the wise words alive in your memory when needed."
--Ann McGee-Cooper and Duane Trammell, co-authors of You Don't Have To Go Home From Work Exhausted!
"Bob Greenleaf was the first author on leadership to emphasize that human institutions mean far more than results or success or profits. He believed that we exist in order to cooperate with others to achieve purposes beyond ourselves, for some greater collective good. These splendidly thoughtful essays elaborate on that theme. I've read each of them over the past 20 or so years, and it's about time they've been published in one place. A blessing for all of us."
--Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor, Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, author of Organizing Genius
"We are greatly encouraged to know that the servant-leadership movement will have access to these inspiring and important writings of Robert Greenleaf. These are reflective and burnished works. For many who have had their lives affected by Greenleaf, they will be a promise fulfilled. For those who will be introduced to servant-leadership through these essays, the experience will be a welcoming introduction."
--Dr. John C. Burkhardt, Program Director, Leadership and Higher Education, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
"Robert Greenleaf's unique voice speaks to what, in the end, matters most in the life of a leader--how others have grown and prospered. Though conceived and composed years ago, Greenleaf is profoundly modern, and with the mature wisdom of experience he guides us to the essence of our current search for meaning and purpose. The Power of Servant-Leadership is an extraordinary collection of a master's work, and Greenleaf's voice will resonate in your soul long after you have read the last word."
--Jim Kouzes, Chairman and CEO, TPG/Learning Systems, co-author of The Leadership Challenge and Credibility
"I am honored to add my voice to those in praise of The Power of Servant-Leadership . Even though it has been many years since Robert Greenleaf first gave the world his compelling insights, there has never been a time when we needed servant-leadership more than we need it now. Who knows how long business will be suffering the destructive residue of a generation of gunslinger superstar CEOs who, in their excessively narrow definition of "stockholder value," have created workplaces of fear and anxiety? The only salvation of the workplace as a source of personal meaning and purpose is to develop and reinforce manager-leaders who will embrace the values of Robert Greenleaf. I hope that this book will be a powerful tool in that effort."
--James A. Autry, author, Love & Profit and Confessions of an Accidental Businessman
"Management thought has always been captivated by innovation, always looking for a quick fix in five or seven lessons. The overconfidence such neophilia generates is already beginning to produce a reaction--the friendly critics of capitalism from George Soros to Charles Handy signal growing dissatisfaction with superficial formulas. Robert Greenleaf is not about formulas; Greenleaf is about wisdom. Wisdom is a rare and precious thing, perhaps too precious for best-seller lists, too demanding for people in search of easy answers. For people willing to think about organizational life and culture, Greenleaf is indispensable."
--Robert L. Payton, author, Philanthropy: Voluntary Action for the Public Good