The Lead Change Group is grateful to have the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI) as our December 2016 sponsor. SLI exists to inspire and equip leaders to find meaning and purpose in their work, foster an environment of trust and respect at all levels in an organization, and achieve success. SLI focuses on offering a refreshing “others first” mindset.
Partner Highlight: Farmer Able
SLI’s founder, Art Barter, has authored Farmer Able: A fable about servant leadership transforming organizations and people from the inside out.
The pigs are running the farm.
So begins the story of Farmer Able. Everyone on his farm—people and animals alike—are downright downtrodden by him. He’s overbearing and compulsively obsessed with profits and productivity. He’s a typical top-down, power-based manager, forever tallying production numbers in his well-worn ledgers. But the more he pushes the hoofs and horns and humans, the more they dig in their heels. That is until one day when he hears a mysterious wind that whispers: “It’s not all about me.” Can he turn things around and begin attending to the needs of those on his farm, thus improving their attitudes and productivity?
Farmer Able is an engaging parable that entertains as it enlightens. It reveals a profound truth about the dysfunction in organizations and how dramatic improvements can be made when leaders liberate employees to operate at their fullest potential and discover the significance in their work.
More About SLI’s Servant Leadership Philosophy
Servant leadership is a set of behaviors and practices that turn the traditional “power leadership” model upside down; instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the people.
When leaders shift their mindset and serve first, they unlock purpose and ingenuity in those around them, which results in higher performance and engaged, fulfilled employees.
SLI believes: As servant leaders, our purpose is to inspire and equip those we influence.
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