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Did you ever stop to think why there is such a disconnect between managers and staff?

I’ve grown disgusted with leaders whom “manage up” rather than “manage down” - they may be commended for results but tone-deaf to their people.

Let’s go back centuries ago.

5th century BC. Sun Tzu, (The Art of War) stated “The General who advances without coveting fame, retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service to his sovereign - is the jewel of the Kingdom.”

1st century BC. Cicero, the great Roman Statesman said “The leader can only achieve results if he focuses on other people.”

1st century AD. Jesus Christ preached “If anyone would be great among you, let him be your servant.”

Then modern day society kinda screwed it up for us.

16th century. Italian Niccolo Machiavelli taught us “It’s better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”

19th century. The Scotsman Thomas Carlyle created the “Great Man Theory” in which leaders are born and not made.

20th century. The American Frederick Taylor wrote “The Principles of Scientific Management” that optimized staff for productivity.

Modern day management and ancient servant leadership have always been confused, yet they are so vastly different. #servantleadership


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