The following notes are a summary of the Servant-Leader roundtable held on July 24, 2014
Topic: How do we score/evaluate the Servant-Leader roundtable?
The notes below are a composite of notes provided by Karin Conway, Yvonne Dill, and Mike Kelliher. Additional comments were provided by Dick Peiper and David Flowers. My thanks go out to Karin, Yvonne, Mike, Dick and David for chronicling our time together and to all who participated in the conversation.
Like Servant Leadership itself defining a concise scorecard of measures for the Servant-Leader roundtable proved to be a greater challenge than we may have thought at the outset. In summarizing the notes for this gathering it has proven to be an easier, and hopefully, more informative exercise to present the summary in two parts; 1) measures of the roundtable activity, and 2) a description of how the experience of the roundtable reinforces the Servant Leadership work of the participants.
- At its most surface level, the servant-Leader roundtable can be measured by how many people attend each month. Groups tend to have a life cycle and this group is not immune from the challenges of losing focus and direction.
- One method for assessing Servant Leadership qualities is to break down the components of service and of leadership. This allows us to evaluate our focus and practice of each.
- A part of the S-L roundtable experience is the opportunity to learn from and with a diverse set of people. The ability to tap into this diversity allows for the group to see Servant-Leadership in new ways.
- Note: The current diversity of the group comes from the variety of experiences of the group. There is a lack of racial, ethnic, and generational diversity in the group. It is an
- opportunity for growth that should not be overlooked.
- “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? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or, at least, not be further deprived?” (Greenleaf, 1977/2002, p. 27)
- For this group the final measure of our time together is how we take the lessons learned around the table and implement them in our daily lives. What we demonstrate is what we teach.
- Participation in the Servant-Leader roundtable allows participants to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of Servant Leadership.
- The roundtable provides a monthly recharge & focus on Servant Leadership.
- The roundtable is a reminder that leadership comes down to relationship building.
- The conversations serve as a reminder of the need to be intentional in our lives. This is a “want to do” not “must do” activity.
- Spiritual values are reinforced here; sharing love, showing grace.
Questions we are left with:
- How do I show up?
- When are we listening? When are we not?
- How clear can we be about how we invest our time?
- How are the people in our lives doing?
- How are we investing in people?
- What are we creating?
- Work is easy. Relationship building is hard.
- What we get from each other is more than the single topic we use to frame our roundtable conversation.
- The roundtable demonstrates that people who are well served and deeply connected do not need much leadership.
- Our time together raises the question of how might we communicate the various ways we participate in the community and how we might be of service to each other in our volunteer work.
Greenleaf, R. K. (1977/2002). Servant-leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.
- There is a LinkedIn group called Servant Leader Milwaukee. It is a group that is a space to continue the conversation started at our monthly roundtables and to be a resource to each other.
- The Servant-Leader Milwaukee web page can be found at s-l-milwaukee.com. It is intended to be a resource for all.
- This group is open to all who are interested in Servant-Leadership. Join the reminder list by clicking the following link: Affinity/MoMS/Servant-Leader Master List