Servant Leadership Observer – December 2010

The Greenleaf Center announced plans for the Leadership Institute for Educators, there were several servant leadership awards and several great blog posts.

Servant Leadership NewsThis month, for events, the Greenleaf Center announced plans for the 17th Leadership Institute for Educators coming in March. I was also thrilled to read about several servant leadership award recipients, captured here in the news section. As always, there were also many great new blog posts last month.

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Upcoming and recently announced servant leadership events:

Greenleaf Center: L.I.F.E.-Leadership Institute for Educators
March 3-4, 2011: The Leadership Institute for Educators (L.I.F.E.) Conference is for faculty and staff at universities who are teaching and applying servant leadership principles, as well as those who are interested in learning how they might do so.


Newsworthy events about, or related to, servant leadership:

Dallas South News: Urban League Of Greater Dallas Recognizes Dr. Mitchell-Brooks as Servant-Leader
Urban League CEO & President Dr. Beverly Mitchell-Brooks was honored and recognized by members of the organization and community-at-large for 20 years of servant-leadership.

Tennessee Wesleyan College: Center for Servant Leadership
The Tennessee Wesleyan College opened its own Center for Servant Leadership: “The program … requires all incoming freshmen to enroll in a two semester … class which introduces the concept of Servant Leadership, focuses on the academic skills necessary for leadership and includes a service learning component.”

Campbellsville University: Rev. Caldwell 2010 recipient of Racial Reconciliation Award
The Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award is given to individuals who have a record of servant leadership in bringing people together across lines of race and ethnicity, and who have been significant bridge builders for their community.

Ayla Foundation: Building Communities: The Catanduanes Story
Ayla’s LeadCom program hosted the first Catanduanes Student Leaders Congress (CSLC). This program, aimed at developing servant leadership attributes in youth, was brought to this small island in the Philippines.

Glimpses of Providence: Honoring Richard Mulder, our first Servant Leader
This Chicago-based retirement community and more recognized their founder with a servant leadership award at the 50th anniversary. The article also provides some videos with great insight into a character of servant leadership.

Blogs & Other

Updates from Blogs and other sites:

Adjunct Assistance: Servant Leadership in the College Classroom
After listening to Dr. Kent Keith speak at a presentation, Paul Hummel wrote about the role of servant leadership for college professors.

Real Power for Women: Women and Leadership: Match Made in Heaven
Karen Keller explains that women have an inherent tendency toward servant leadership principles.

Dr. Jerry Kennedy: 5 Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Servant Leadership
Dr. Kennedy explains his new perspective on servant leadership: “After sitting through Dave’s EntreLeadership simulcast, I feel like a light was flipped on after years of looking for the switch.”

eHow: Servant Leadership Youth Activities
Carolyn Scheidies wrote a piece on activities to raise awareness of and develop an appreciation for servant leadership among youth. Using Servant Leadership to Teach Medical Students
On this MedPage site, Dr. Robert Centor writes about how he tries to apply servant leadership principles in his role as an educator to medical students.

Si Alhir (Sinan Si Alhir): Human Leadership: Servant, Appreciative, WE-Centric, and Tribal Leadership
In this brief but intriguing piece, Si Alhir wrote about the overlapping and comparable attributes of Servant Leadership, Appreciative Leadership, WE-Centric Leadership and Tribal Leadership.

Andres Bosque: Student Leadership: Servant Leadership
After learning about servant leadership in a class, Mr. Bosque wrote a nice post on the role we play as servant leaders to our friends.

Northfork Center: Right-Sized Leadership
On the Thursday guest post for a Servant’s Heart, Karin Zastrow wrote about humility in her post entitled, “Right-Sized Leadership.”

Modern Servant Leader Updates

Finally, below are last month’s posts from

Task Prioritization and Time Management – John Maxwell Style
A simple spreadsheet anyone can use to prioritize their tasks or workload and thereby prioritize their time. This is based on a model suggested by John Maxwell.

Servant Leadership Observer – November 2010
The Indiana Leadership Institute announced a new Servant Leadership award – more in the events section. Chris Clark, CEO of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Canada, became one of the foremost consulting and audit experts to cite the importance of servant leadership.

Servant Leadership Manifesto
We have a crisis of leadership and need your help. This is our servant leadership manifesto.

Servant Leadership in Politics
Negative ads serve neither side’s constituents. Thankfully, the elections are over and it’s time for us all to get back to work. So what do we do now? We serve.

3 Roles Every Leader Must Play
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree – 3 Critical roles.

Primus Inter Pares or First Among Equals
Primus Inter Pares is a great way for leaders to frame their thinking … focus less on formal titles and more on who is best suited to lead.

That is all for this month. I hope you enjoyed the updates. Remember, if you have any feedback, would like to see a section, site, page or post added next month, just contact me via the link on the site. Thank you and remember, keep serving!


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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