From today through the weekend I’m at a Lexington Seminar event where we’re working with, amongst other pieces, a lot of Robert Greenleaf’s ideas about servant leadership. One of the pieces of his work that resonates a lot with me has to do with the way in which it promotes a kind of agency that is NOT based on positional authority, but that builds authority rhetorically (in the best sense of that word), through persuasion.
"Postmoderns do not trust authority based on position or knowledge: they trust authority that is relational and demonstrates true friendship."
Synergy perhaps? If not, at least some shared resonance.
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