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Herb Kelleher Completes His Service on Earth

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Herb Kelleher, the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines , passed away today (January 3rd, 2019). Herb was among the greatest examples of servant-leadership in business. The man was a legend, yet remained humble, always shining the spotlight on his team.

USA Gymnastics Demonstrates Failure at Leadership Selection in the Digital Media Age

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On Saturday, USA Gymnastics announced the role of interim President and CEO will be filled by Mary Bono. In selecting Bono, USA Gymnastics joins an unfortunate list of companies failing to conduct a basic analysis of digital media , before making critical leadership decisions.

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Texas A&M Sets the Bar for Developing Servant-Leadership in Students

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Academia may lack degree programs in leadership, but Texas A&M University does an excellent job at introducing incoming students to servant-leadership.

Why We Should Always Call it Servant-Leadership

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The great Shakespeare play, Romeo & Juliet has a famous line, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ” We often use this phrase to explain how names don’t really matter.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Please Vote for Modern Servant Leader Today!

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Can I get 1 minute of your time? I’ve been running this blog to advocate servant leadership adoption and digital media action, for free, since 2008. In all that time, I never asked a favor. Today though, I have a favor to ask. It should only take a minute of your time.

Servant-Leadership is Great in a Crisis

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Is SERVANT-Leadership good in a crisis? One of the common misconceptions about servant-leadership is that it’s too slow to use in an emergency. This is also a reason some businesses choose not to apply it in their organizations.

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You Must Serve to be Great

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You don’t have to be great to serve, but you must serve to be great. Jon Gordon If you want to be a great leader, you must serve. Jon Gordon got it right when he said this at the World LEADERS Conference. Service comes before greatness, but greatness is not a requirement to serve.

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Afraid? Stop Being So Selfish!

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One of the hardest lessons I ever learned was that I couldn’t lead what I needed. I was reminded of this when I recently heard Ken Blanchard say, “Fear and self-doubt is an ego problem. Because you are focusing on yourself.”

Why Social Media Makes Now a Great Time to be a Leader

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For the first time in history, leaders can receive effective feedback from millions of people. Why is now a great time to be a leader? What makes today so different from prior centuries, or even decades? Technology delivered a leadership innovation called digital social media.

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Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

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Are you looking for the top leadership experts to follow in 2015? Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker. Or, maybe you’re focused on personal development and want to find the best content online to help you grow as a leader.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Real Time Listening in Digital Media for People Leaders

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Click here if you are unable to see the video. In Paradigm Flip , I introduced three types of listening in digital media for people leaders to monitor the online conversation about their business or non-profit and it’s industry: 1.

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Our Leadership Failure in Academia

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Every high school senior has one goal in common when applying to college: displaying leadership qualities. Every higher learning institution has this as an “expectation” of applicants.

Leadership – I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

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Many people do not understand leadership. They think it is an achievement to reach, rather than a commitment to serve. So this scene from “The Princess Bride” is an appropriate meme.

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SERVANT Leadership Acronym – Updated

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It is time to update the SERVANT Leadership Acronym. After 15+ years of research, dozens of authors and hundreds of principles, we created the first ever, comprehensive model of contemporary servant leadership. That was years ago. The intent was never to make this a changing model.

Digital Media and the Future of Your Leadership – Video

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Ben Lichtenwalner presents Digital Media and the Future of Leadership at Hope College’s Critical Issues Symposium. Having difficulties viewing the video? Click here. Leadership is not easy, but digital media makes it easier than ever before.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called ideation rate. Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

How an Organization May Reflect Servant Leadership

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Usually, when speaking of servant leadership , we refer to the leader as an individual. For example, “he or she is a servant leader” Then, organizations that emphasize servant leadership as a core attribute of its people are inherently, servant led organizations.

How to Build Courage Through Caring for Your Team

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Share this quote: Twitter , Linkedin , Google+ or Facebook. In The Killing Fields by Diane Cory in Insights on Leadership by Larry Spears , we learn that courage stems from caring. For example, a parent has tremendous courage when it comes to protecting their child.

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An Interview with Art Barter, Servant Leadership Institute CEO

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Art Barter is the founder and CEO of the Servant Leadership Institute. They’re hosting SLI15: Let’s Do This! in Orlando, November 9th & 10th. At the end of this post is a 55% discount to the conference for MSL subscribers!

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If You Go to ONE Leadership Conference This Year…

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If you go to one leadership development event this year, the World Leaders Conference is the one. This year’s speakers include incredible names like, Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels, Erwin McManus, Ben Carson, Mark Sanborn, Drew Brees and many, many more.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

An Interview with Larry Spears, a Servant-Leadership Legend

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Larry Spears. Larry Spears was the CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership for nearly two decades. He now runs the Spears Center for Servant-Leadership (Indianapolis), and serves as Servant-Leadership Scholar at Gonzaga University (Spokane).

Jim Hunter – Servant Leadership Interview Series

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We continue the servant leadership interview series with a real treat. I was honored to have Jim Hunter sit down for an interview on Servant Leadership. Jim has over 30 years of experience teaching and consulting on servant leadership principles.

Art Barter – A Servant Leadership Interview

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Art Barter is the owner and Chairman of Datron World Communications. He’s also the Founder and CEO of Servant Leadership Institute. In 2004, Art purchased Datron, then a subsidiary of Titan Corporation.

9 Actions to Immediately Improve Your Leadership Skills

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A lot of leadership tips take time to develop. So I wanted to come up with a quick list of immediate actions anyone can take to improve their leadership skills. Will these, alone, make you a great leader? Of course not. But they will help you on your path to becoming a better leader.

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Top Leadership Experts List – Voting Open Now

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I am excited to announce we’re working on the new edition of the Top Leadership Experts to Follow. Our first list of the Top Leadership Experts to Follow ( 2015 ), was extremely well received. In fact, the list was shared thousands of times and topped many search results for the topic.

Do You Care If Your People Care?

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In the 1984 movie, The Never Ending Story, child warrior Atreyu seeks answers from the ancient, giant turtle named Morla. However, Morla is completely disconnected and doesn’t care enough to answer the questions. Thousands of years old, the ancient turtle has grown indifferent to everything.

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Sorry Subscribers but I’m Back

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I’m sorry for the inconsistent posts recently. Rest assured, I haven’t been ignoring you. Instead, I’ve been working on some great content and updates.

Servant Leadership Explained via Santa the Bad Boss and Rudolph the Servant Leader

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Jolly old Santa Claus has a reason to be so happy. After all, he only works one day a year and gets credit for all the gifts his elves made and the work his reindeer do. In return, what do the reindeer and elves get? Left over cookie crumbs, some carrots, and one hit movie vs. dozens for Saint Nick. Santa Claus is really a bad boss, here are several examples of his poor leadership behavior: Santa Claus the Bad Boss. Serves only one stakeholder group. Takes credit for other’s work.

Dennis Bakke Interview – The Decision Maker Process

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Dennis Bakke just released his book, “ Decision Maker: Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time.” ” In a minute, I will tell how to win a fee copy of the book.

Servant Leadership Summit – Highlights and Quotes to Share

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Becky Robinson and the Weaving Influence team pulled together a great webinar on Servant Leadership. Each speaker had keen insights. Below are many of the highlights. Cheryl Bachelder. Cheryl A.

Why Leaders Should Never Use Speaker Phones – and Some Tips if You Must

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Eric… Eric… Eric… ERIC!!!!!!!!!!! His team member was trying desperately to interrupt the executive as he moved from topic to topic, further and further away from the first point a question was raised. But Eric was oblivious to the fact that anyone had a question.

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SERVANT Leaders are Selfless – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The first principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Selfless. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. This captures the selfless nature of leadership in a simple statement.

SERVANT Leadership Acronym Definition

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It took me too long to discover servant leadership. It’s taking too long for others to discover the concept as well. Simply put, servant leadership is authentic leadership. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. The problem is, most definitions of servant leadership are difficult to understand or share. Therefore, to increase awareness and advocacy I created a more simple definition, using the acronym S.E.R.V.A.N.T.

Are You Ready to Serve the Team?

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The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware. Lao Tzu [Share This: Twitter | LinkedIn ] Dan Rockwell (aka Leadership Freak ) interviews Suzy & Jack Welch, backstage at the World LEADERS Conference. Here’s a dirty little secret: many of us think we’re servant leaders, until we’re really tested – myself included.

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Return on Relationship – Now in Audiobook

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“Return on Relationship = ROI” -Ted Rubin & Kathryn Rose. I heard a lot about this book, “ Return on Relationship: Relationships are the new currency honor them, invest in them and start measuring your ROR ” but hadn’t read it yet. I wanted to, but it wasn’t available on audio, which put it way down on my book list. Then I bumped into Ted Rubin, one of the authors, at a conference. I picked up a copy that day and finished it the next.

SERVANT Leaders are Empathetic – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The second principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Empathetic. In order to lead people, you need to know what it feels like to walk a mile in their shoes.

SERVANT Leaders are Authentic – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic , Resolute , Virtuous , Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The next principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Authentic. Authenticity is all about transparency. A great leader is the same in private as they are in public.

Why I Started The Modern Servant Leader

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It was 2006. My CFO just fired the 4th person he hired, within a year of hiring them. Now, his entire team had turned over 3 times in as many years. Yet, the executive team felt he was getting positive results. In fact, on paper, he was. The organization was stronger than ever, from a fiscal perspective. However, the reputation of the organization and the lives of many employees were damaged.

Are You a Complainer or a Contributor?

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Are you a complainer or a contributor? The complainer likes to point out everything that is wrong. The contributor likes to change what is wrong. The complainer likes to talk. The contributor likes to take action. Complainers take from others. Contributors give to others. A complainer offers feed back. A contributor offers feed forward. A complainer says, “I could do better” A contributor does better. A complainer expects to be served. A contributor serves.

SERVANT Leaders are Thorough – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic , Resolute , Virtuous , Authentic , Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The last principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is THOROUGH. Servant leaders focus on the long-term. In contrast, most executives today are obsessed with the quick win.