The concept of servant leader stands arguably as one of the great paradoxes of our time. Internationally acclaimed author and philosopher Kent M. Keith not only is well versed in the concept, but he also helped make it today a philosophy for both our personal and professional lives that for the last four decade continues to gain traction and momentum around the globe.
As a 19-year-old Harvard sophomore in 1967, Keith penned a little booklet containing 10 proverbs, which he called The Paradoxical Commandments, simple advice for being a good person. Things like:
“If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.”
“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.”
For the next three decades, the commandments “went viral,” as the saying goes, passed around the world and attributed to everyone from Mother Teresa to rock star Ted Nugent. Keith subsequently republished the commandments in the first of four books, and for the past five years has served as CEO of the servant leader-oriented Greanleaf Foundation.
Brenau is fortunate to have Dr. Keith as commencement speaker at both ceremonies May 4 and 5. We are doubly fortunate in that Dr. Keith will also conduct an exclusive seminar for Brenau students, faculty and staff on Thursday, May 3, providing them with a rare opportunity to learn firsthand how to apply the philosophy to their daily lives. The free seminar will be from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall.
More information about servant leadership is available at www.greenleaf.org. More information about Dr. Keith and his work is available at www.kentmkeith.com.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012