From the Publisher
Since Greenleafs death in 1990, new volumes of his writing and scores of books on the ideas and applications of servant-leadership have been published. In spite of all the interest, there has been no biography of the man who first lived the servant-leader philosophy, created the term and applied it to management and organizations. This is ironic since Greenleaf believed identity should precede action, and his personal identity has never been fully explored. Moreover, several emphases in Greenleafs writings can only be fully understood in the context of his life.
The times have finally caught up with Greenleafs ideas. Since the publication of his first essay "The Servant as Leader" in 1970, his writings on servant-leadership have powerfully influenced management training, education and evaluation, experiential learning, organizational development, seminary education, foundation work, religious missions and practice, corporate ethics, trusteeship and a dozen other fields in profit, non-profit and government organizations. And that influence is growing.
Robert Greenleaf once told an interviewer, "My writings are all autobiographical." It is difficult to fully appreciate the juice of servant leadership without some understanding of Greenleafs life. Moreover, his story is simply inspiring.
Robert K. Greenleaf will provide the most comprehensive exploration yet of the sources and principles of servant-leadership in the context of the man who created the management philosophy that may dominate the Information Age. It will also inspire readers with story of a remarkable person.
About the Author
Don Frick holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Divinity, and is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Studies from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.