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Greenleaf: Community, Servant Leader & "Conceptualizing"

1. I need assistance in discussing the concept of community and Robert K. Greenleaf's test of the servant leader:

a. Do those who served grow as persons?
b. Do they while being served, become healthier,wiser,freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servant?
c. How does this view relate to Albert Camus' lecture entitled "Create Dangerously"

2. Greenleaf refers to "conceptualizing" as the prime leadership talent.

a. What is required individually as well as organizationally for a "conceptualizer" to contribute?
b. How does conceptualizing serve to foster enrichment and growth?

References are from the book "Servant Leadership" A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power & Greatnesss.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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1. I need assistance in discussing the concept of community and Robert K. Greenleaf's test of the servant leader: Do those who served grow as persons? Do they while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servant?

"The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The best test is: Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?" (Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-leadership).

Servant-leaders nurture community. "Living in community as one's basic involvement will generate an exportable surplus of love which the individual may carry into his many involvements with institutions which are usually not communities: businesses, churches, governments, schools" (Greenleaf, 1970, 1991, p, 29). Community is diminished when its members limit their liability for each other. It is enhanced when "the liability of each for the other and all for one is unlimited, or as close to it as it is possible to get."24 Unlimited liability. Strange words in a society where individuals and institutions seek to limit liability, words judged as unwise to many a lawyer's ear. Still, it is a requirement of love, which is something we say we want more of in private and public life. "As soon as one's liability for another is qualified to any degree, love is diminished by that much" (Greenleaf, 1970, 1991, p, 29). Trust, love and acceptance act to foster and build community.

In other words, servant-leadership is a powerful way of leading others. "Servant- leaders focus on the development of those they lead and interact. They recognize that developing others to their full potential benefits the individual and organization alike. A servant-leader is defined as having a leadership philosophy which emphasizes increased service to others, a holistic approach to work, a sense of community, and shared decision-making power. Servant-leaders are characterized by demonstrating behavioral characteristics such as listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, ...

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By responding to the questions, this solution discusses the concept of community and Robert K. Greenleaf's test of the servant leader and his views of "conceptualizing" as the prime leadership talent.

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