What Is Being Asked Of You? – (Greenleaf, 2002) « phd monkey

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22Mar/11

What Is Being Asked Of You? – (Greenleaf, 2002)

Greenleaf, R. K., Spears, L. C., & Stephen, R. (2002). Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness 25th anniversary edition. Indianapolis, IN: The Robert K. Greenleaf Center.

From Greenleaf, Spears, and Stephen (2002),

“We need to change our inquiry from asking what is it we want to what is being asked of us."

Greenleaf suggest that by changing this mindset our conscience will open up, and we should allow ourselves to be influenced by it. This results in intellectual awakening and a change of the human heart.

Greenleaf et al. (2002), reference George Bernard Shaw, on the power of knowing one’s self,

This is the true joy of life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.  Being a force of nature instead of feverish, selfish little clod of ailments ad grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.   Life is no “brief candle” to me; it is sort of a splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handling it on to future generations. ( p. 8 )

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