The Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, is an exciting new venture of the longtime President & CEO (1990-2007) of The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, Larry Spears. In addition, Larry Spears also teaches graduate courses in Servant-Leadership for Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington).
Goodness! You've accomplished a lot. Thank you, Larry, for continuing and enhancing the ideas of my old friend, Bob Greenleaf. You're a gentleman and scholar. And, thank you for your contributions to our society.
Warren Bennis, friend and author, On Leadership
Good friend and partner! Keep leaving a legacy. When we were born, our work was born with us. You're doing it well. You are a servant-leader trim tab. With love and adoration, and deep appreciation.
Stephen Covey, friend and author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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Listed below is my past speaking and travel schedule. While speaking engagements are often closed to the general public, I am always happy to connect with supporters wherever I travel. I invite you to be in touch with me.
Travel Schedule and Presentations
Feb. 22, 2008 New Holland, Pennsylvania; Servant-Leadership Workshop
Feb. 29-March 1, 2008 Atlanta, Georgia; Policy Governance Workshop
April 2, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana; IUPUI Servant-Leadership Presentation
May 5-6, 2008 Detroit, Michigan; Scanlon Leadership Conference
May 7, 2008 Detroit, Michigan; Scanlon Foundation Board Meeting
May 16-17, 2008 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Servant-Leadership Research Roundtable
June 5-7, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana; Greenleaf Center Conference
July 4-8, 2008 Scotland, Travel/Research
July 9-12, 2008 Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Presentation, Servant-Leader Research Roundtable
July 24-25, 2008 Cincinnati, Ohio; Union Institute Board Meeting
October 30-31, 2008 Cincinnati, Ohio; Union Institute Board Meeting
Larry is a frequent speaker on servant-leadership. He also leads group retreats and is available for special Reading-and-Dialogue sessions.
The titles of some of his addresses include "Servant-Leadership and the Honoring of Excellence," “Servant-Leadership and Business,” and "Robert K. Greenleaf's Influence on Trusteeship."
Among his recent keynote presentations are addresses to the Servant-Leadership Research Roundtable, the Louisiana Office of Mental Health, Gonzaga University, the Greenleaf Center, and Indiana Campus Compact.
Larry has been called today’s foremost authority on servant-leadership. Since 1990, Larry has given two hundred keynote addresses on servant-leadership on four continents, a dozen countries, and forty states.
For two decades, Larry has encouraged a deepening understanding of Robert Greenleaf’s original writings on servant-leadership while also significantly enlarging upon our understanding of its applications. Larry has sought to serve Robert Greenleaf’s message, and spirit, in many ways—
• In the 1980’s Larry was on the staff of Friends Journal, a Philadelphia-based Quaker magazine, when he first encountered Robert Greenleaf’s ideas in several articles published by Friends Journal.
• In March 1990, Larry was named CEO of The Greenleaf Center and marshaled its relocation from Massachusetts to Indianapolis.
• In September 1990, Larry visited with Bob Greenleaf eight days before he died.
• In 1991, Larry organized a remembrance program for Bob Greenleaf, which evolved into the Greenleaf Center’s annual conference on servant-leadership.
• In 1991, Larry discovered the existence of dozens of previously unknown and/or unpublished writings by Greenleaf, written over a period of nearly fifty years. He secured support from Lilly Endowment and established a blue-ribbon committee which spent two years reading the newly discovered writings, comparing them to Greenleaf’s published work.
* In 1992 Larry surveyed Robert Greenleaf's writings and identified Greenleaf's ten most frequently mentioned characteristics of the effective servant-leader. Since then Larry's own writings on servant-leadership characteristics has resulted in several hundred articles, papers, and dissertations that have been written by others. Millions have been introduced to servant-leadership through Larry's writings, and through his appearances on radio and television.
• In 1996 Berrett-Koehler published two collections of Robert Greenleaf’s unpublished writings: On Becoming a Servant-Leader (edited by Larry C. Spears and Don M. Frick), and Seeker and Servant (edited by Larry C. Spears and Anne Fraker).
• In 1998, Larry collected and edited a series of Greenleaf’s writings previously available only as separate essay. This was published by Berrett-Koehler as The Power of Servant-Leadership.
• In 2002, Larry conceived and edited the 25th anniversary edition of Greenleaf’s book, Servant Leadership. He added to it a special Introduction by Stephen Covey, and an Afterword by Peter Senge.
• In 2003, Larry conceived and edited (along with Hamilton Beazley and Julie Beggs) a collection of writings by Bob Greenleaf titled The Servant-Leader Within, which was published by Paulist Press.
• In 2004, Larry’s appearance on NBC’s Dateline introduced ten million viewers to Robert Greenleaf and his writings.
• Since 1990, Larry has published and spoken widely in his heartfelt effort to raise public awareness of Robert Greenleaf and servant-leadership practices. Following eighteen years with The Greenleaf Center, this goal remains the primary emphasis for his work at The Spears Center.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS FEATURED IN INC. WEBSITE ARTICLE (2/27/17)
GREENLEAF CENTRE UK HONORS LARRY SPEARS
LARRY SPEARS EDITS NEW BOOK ON FORTUITOUS ENCOUNTERS, PUBLISHED BY PAULIST PRESS.
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES HONORS WORLD’S FOREMOST SERVANT-LEADERSHIP SCHOLAR LARRY C. SPEARS