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Greenleaf’s Servant-Leadership & Quakerism: A Nexus

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Cathy Bennett

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What source of information is really teaching us? Thirty second sound bites? News as entertainment? Subliminal marketing messages? This show will focus on the importance of academic education in forming the quality of our societies and citizenry. Using the lens of Robert Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership, we will explore Greenleaf’s philosophy of servant first, leader second, as a way to build moral communities both within education and beyond. While Greenleaf did not cite any specific religious foundation for his concept of servant leadership, Dr Crippen sees a corollary between Servant Leadership and the Quaker faith. A Quaker herself, Dr Crippen sees similarities in the philosophical practices of both, like deep listening and reflective silence. Are we in our need for the instant "everything" letting go of our foundational higher learning as a basis for living a healthy, balanced life? Join Dr Carolyn Crippen and me as we take a look at how servant leadership informs and supports balanced education.