Servant leadership

/ 10 January 2008

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.

Then today, in a post entitled “leadership, followership, and culture” the NextReformation blog notes:

"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.