Have you ever encountered a person who truly challenged your understanding of the world? Ann McGee-Cooper encountered such a person in Robert K. Greenleaf, the humble man credited with launching the modern servant leadership movement.
Bob Greenleaf mentored Ann during the last 10 years of his life. He helped Ann realize,
Servant leadership is something that if you dare to bring into your life it transforms everything about who you are and your values, how you think, your priorities, how you live your life.
Ann embodies servant leadership. Like a true servant leader, she has inspired many others. Her influence is still felt today in such great companies as Southwest Airlines, TDIndustries and The Container Store.
Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Ann for our Servant Leadership Sessions podcast. It was a rich and transformative conversation, so rich that we’re making two episodes out of it.
In this episode, we explore what Ann learned through her relationship with Bob Greenleaf and how it transformed her life and work. Some of what you will hear includes: deep listening, looking inward, true dialogue (including silence), and the value of slowing down.
One of the great reminders that struck with me from my conversation with Ann was, “Your role model is your most powerful teaching tool.” I’d love to hear your key takeaways after you listen to our conversation.
You can listen directly from our website or download from iTunes. Hope you find encouragement for your servant-leader journey.