Servant Leadership Observer – Spring 2012

Servant Leadership NewsWelcome to the Spring 2012 edition of the Servant Leadership Observer – your most comprehensive source of servant leadership news, events and blog posts. The obvious themes this quarter include military posts throughout (especially U.S. Air Force), award recipients in the news and another proliferation of interest from Africa .

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U.S. Air Force: Tribute to an American Hero: Major General Al Flowers
Brig. Gen. Joseph S. Ward Jr. reflects on his history serving under the 46 year veteran (longest, ever active service in the USAF). As Ward writes, “”In every decision he made, he thought first and foremost on the potential impact to our enlisted corps… …General Flowers lived by the rule that “officers eat last.” He always took great care of others. By all measures, he was the consummate wingman. He embodies the true essence of servant leadership–it is part of his core. ”

Darden School of Business: “Drum Major” vs. Servant Leadership: An Appreciation for the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King
Of the many great posts, news articles and events surrounding servant leadership and Marting Luther King day, Dean Bruner, from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business stood out. In this post, Bruner touches not only only King’s legacy, but not the issue at stake surrounding the controversial quote on the memorial.

Houston Herald: A Servant Leader
The new superintendent of Houston Schools,  Scott Dill, speaks of servant leadership and the type of leader he desires to be for the school system.

The Setonian: Servant Leadership Major Focus for Arts & Sciences Dean Applicant
Michael Zavada, Ph.D., stated servant leadership as a cornerstone of his philosophy in applying for Dean of Arts & Sciences at Seton Hall University. Zavada was chosen as the Dean soon after.

Anderson UniversityBonte receives 2012 Nicholson Servant Leader award
Anderson University recently awarded the 2012 Student Servant Leadership award to Junior Ralph Bonte.

Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust: Cllr Israel Mabaleka: A Servant Leader Par Excellence
ZDDT recognized Cllr Israel Mabaleka as a servant leader, citing examples of servant leadership.

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Stephen Yoder Honored for Leadership
Assistant professor at AUB, Yoder is recognized with the 2012 Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award. Yoder is also asked to speak regularly on servant leadership.

Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System: Navy chaplain receives Craven Award: His service to country recognized
U.S. Navy Capt. Steve Brown, received the 2012 John H. Craven Servant Leadership Award for his selfless service to country as a servant leader.

ChiroEcoParker University’s Fabrizio Mancini, DC, shares what it takes to be a servant leader
At an all-school  event, this talk focuses on servant leadership for chiropractics.

World Leader’s Conference: Vote for Your Favorite Definition of Servant Leadership
An interesting poll with a variety of potential definitions for servant leadership, in which readers were asked to vote.


Greenleaf Center: 2012 International Servant Leadership Conference
June 20 –  22 2012, Indianapolis, IN
World Leaders Conference: Changing Hearts, Engaging Minds
April 18 – 19, 2012, Palm Beach Atlantic university


Servant Leadership InstituteSave the Chicken!
Dr. Tony Baron writes of Popeyes Chicken interest and investment in servant leadership.

Leadership Vibe: 4 Needed Strengths in Servant Leadership
James Strasbaugh writes about the necessity of self-awareness, morals, concern for others and simplicity.

Letters From Logan: Qualities of a Servant Leader
High School senior Logan writes about agape love and other qualities of servant leadership.

Zambia Saturday Post Online: Michael Has What is Most Needed in a Leader
In this editorial, the author explains how the selfless nature of Zambia president, Michael Sata, reflects his servant leadership.

Life as a Healthcare CIO: Servant Leadership
In a post examining servant leadership from a healthcare IT perspective,  John Halamka writes: “…let’s all strive to be servant leaders for the benefit of those who do the work and serve on the front lines (of) healthcare and healthcare IT in our quest to alleviate human suffering caused by disease.”

U.S. Air Force – 62 Airlift WingAre You a Servant-Leader?
Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Warren writes, “…leadership to me isn’t about the number of stripes on your sleeve or the shape or color of the rank on your shoulders; it is about serving others…. Does this define you as a leader?”

McKnight’s Long-term Care & Assisted Living: Going Back to Servant Leadership
The Real Nurse Jackie writes a nice perspective on servant leadership for healthcare practitioners.

Literacy, Languages & LeadershipA year of inspired insights #3: Servant leadership in the scullery
Author Dr. Sarah Eaton provides an outstanding life-story example of why some people oppose the term “Servant” in “Servant Leadership”.

Linked 2 Leadership: The Surprising Results of Servant Leadership
Lee Ellis write about the strengths and benefits of servant leadership he experienced across roles as diverse as a Vietnam Prisoner of War (POW) and a senior military officer.

iDoneThis Blog: The Servant Leader and the Social Enterprise
The folks at iDoneThis are definitely servant leadership proponents – and their work shows it. Some great connections here between Dan Pink, HBR and others.

U.S. Air Force: Servant Leadership
Col. Kimerlee Conner writes in advocacy for servant leadership principles at Peterson Air Force base and calls Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler, who gave his life in service to our country on January 5, 2012.

Information Week: Healthcare CIOs Should Become Servant Leaders
This article highlights perspectives from Ken Blanchard in addressing an audience of healthcare IT professionals.

Intervaristy Faith at Work: Is Servant Leadership Destined to Die the Buzzword Death?
The author explains why it is desired this does not happen!

Brian Virtue: Servant Leadership: Lost in Translation
In this guest post, author Laura Reynolds explains a common challenge faced by individuals who emphasize Servant more than Leadership.

Team TrainersZen and the Practice of Servant Leadership
An interesting comparison of Zen Buddhism to servant leadership principles.

Mike Falconer: The Cost of Servant Leadership
Mike highlights the tough realities when team members do not respond to servant leadership.

Center for Sharing: Huddle Up! Servant Leadership
A short post about how Jay Ballinger, a manager at Tyco Inc. has begun building community with a morning huddle.

Spring 2012 Posts from The Modern Servant Leader

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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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