The principles of servant leadership and how they can be used to build a more just, caring and sustainable world will be the focus of a Lawrence University presentation.Â Kent Keith presents â€śThe Case for Servant Leadershipâ€ť Monday, April 25 atÂ 7 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center.
Keith, an author and speaker who seeks to help people “find personal meaning in a crazy world,” is the chief executive officer of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in Westfield, Ind.Â The non-profit organization promotes the awareness, understanding and practice of servant leadership by individuals and organizations.
A graduate of Harvard University and Rhodes Scholar, Keith is the former president of Chaminade University in Honolulu and the author of the Paradoxical Commandments, which was first published in a booklet for student leaders. He has since published four books related to the commandments, including â€śDo It Anyway: The Handbook for Finding Personal Meaning and Deep Happiness in a Crazy World.â€ť
The term â€śservant leadershipâ€ť was coined by Robert Greenleaf in his 1970 paperback â€śThe Servant as Leader,â€ť in which he argued that the most effective leaders wish to serve rather than command and control.
In 2007, Lawrence received a $1 million gift from the S & R Pieper Family Foundation in Mequon to establish the Pieper Family Servant-Leader Professorship to foster and promote the concept of altruistic leadership at the college. The chair is currently held by Associate Professor of History Monica Rico.Tags: Appleton, Kent Keith, Lawrence University, Servant Leadership, Wisconsin