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Leadership Engagement Positively Affects Students' Physical Activity

Posted By Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, FACSM, Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2020
Great research on how your pedometer/fitness monitor is positively affected when leadership is engaged. In this case, when the teacher moved, the students moved. The same will hold true with your tribe. Get leadership engaged and people will adapt to the leader's routines.  

Pedometer program promotes physical activity for children and teachers in the classroom and could be a practical way for students and teachers to work towards achieving the 2018 PA Guidelines for both teachers and students while in a school setting. 

Implementation of a Pedometer Program to reach the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines during the School day in an Elementary School Setting


The 2018 Physical Activity (PA) Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released the 2018 PA Guidelines, which clearly state that PA bouts of any duration or length contribute to the health benefits associated with the accumulated volume of PA. A teacher-led Health and Wellness Committee at an elementary school created a pedometer program focused on increasing PA and movement throughout the school day for teachers and students in order to meet the 2018 PA Guidelines during the school day. This paper will outline the “how-to’s” of the pedometer program in order to encourage program replication and best practices in an elementary school setting. 


In 31 self-contained classrooms, teachers and one rotating student per classroom wore a pedometer during the school day and recorded step counts over two academic school years. 


The pedometer program revealed a significant increase in steps during the school day for teachers and students.  


The pedometer program promoted PA for children and teachers in the classroom and could be a practical way for students and teachers to work towards achieving the 2018 PA Guidelines for both teachers and students while in a school setting.

Research conducted by: P. Brian Kiessling II, M.S. (Corresponding Author); Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, FACSM; Jessica Yoder, MPH; Michael Frisby, M.S.

Tags:  Leadership  Physical Activity  Physical Wellness  Research 

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Being a Better Leader: Creating a Successful Workplace

Posted By NWI, Monday, February 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, February 2, 2018

How would you define successful workplace leadership? For many, asking ourselves this question probably elicited some unpleasant memories of past jobs and bosses. Micromanaging, intimidation, and poor attitude are all things that come to mind when we remember bad managers. But, what does come to mind when you think of good managers? Qualities such as flexibility, empathy, and visionary are what topped our list. 

If you are in a position of leadership, regardless of how you feel you are performing, the onus is on you if most of your team isn’t performing to the standards you expected. If you find yourself wanting the control of micromanaging and knowing what each employee is working on throughout the week, you’re getting it wrong. Ultimately, if you hire the right person for the job, you should not have to micromanage for them to be successful. 

If you have been feeling frustrated as a leader, take a few moments to ask yourself these questions: 

  1. Do I show empathy when an employee comes to me with a concern?
  2. Do I go out of my way to help my employees if they ask for it?
  3. Do I encourage my employees to talk to me openly about any problems or concerns?
  4. In general, do I feel like my employees trust me?
  5. Have I had to implement several new rules due to re-occurring issues?
  6. Do I encourage a flexible work schedule?

To help foster successful work environments, loosening your grip on the reigns can be one of the best things to do. Although this may be frightening, it will help your employees feel more empowered and as such, will begin to go above and beyond their typical daily tasks. 

Brigette Hyacinth, published author and professional speaker, suggests selecting individuals with a passion for performing and strong work ethic. Job training is something you can determine and manage, however possessing a strong character is something that will come naturally from your employees. 

Take charge of your department by setting a resolution to lead more effectively. What will you do to get started?

Tags:  empathy  employee wellness  Leadership 

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Servant Leadership and Coaching as Transformation Tools of Country’s Culture

Posted By Cecilia Negrini, Friday, February 2, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cecilia Negrini
Founder and CEO of the company Cecilia Negrini - Consulting and Advice for the Health Area (Brazil)

For the first time in Brazilian history, on January 24, 2018, the former President of Brazil, José Inácio Lula da Silva, was convicted of passive corruption and money laundering. It is possible to lodge appeals against the judicial sentence and perhaps something in the sentence may change due to this process. But this action is already a small step forward for a change of the culture of Brazil. The conviction of a former President is a good example of justice being possible, whether the wrongdoer is a President of the Republic or a common citizen. 

In my previous International Connection article published in the October 2017 NWI newsletter, we talked about how the coaching methodology, associated with the principles of servant leadership, can bring benefits to people who want to achieve better personal and professional lives, by enhancing the wellness of the person and everybody who lives with them. The aforementioned process has been implemented in hospitals, clinics and medical centers which are clients of our company. I stated that in a future article I would explain the results of the present program.

In this article then, I explain how the political and social contextualization of the results of the applied techniques of that program can increase the effectiveness of coaching and promote positive cultural changes in the Brazilian population.

In our daily practice, we observed that many coaches know what they want, are able to set goals and are determined to achieve them. But they have difficulties in developing the actions necessary to achieve their goals. The Coaching methodology G.R.O.W. (Goals - Reality - Options - Will) was developed by John Withmore. In applying this, we observed that most of the coaches can achieve a clear goal. But at the moment of contextualizing the present social and political moment of ‘reality’ they begin to victimize, so positioning themself as a passive agent of the environment into which they are inserted. For that reason they cannot generate options to obtain their goals. In this way, the G.R.O.W. model is compromised at the ‘Will’ step. The coach's maladaptive beliefs will make them refute many of the options investigated during the coaching sessions. Utilizing focussed questioning and certain techniques the coach can work with the coachee to overcome this. 

At this point, concepts such as Servant Leadership can help the to broaden their vision of how ‘serving’ people (as opposed to ‘receiving’ when in the role of victim) can generate positive actions. Within the concept of ‘serve’ it is accepted that the most respected leaders are those exhibit seriousness, honesty, generosity, commitment, spirituality, and possess strong ethical and moral values. Serving the community, clients, family, friends and employees is the best way to be respected and to be an example, so leveraging your results in an ethical and consistent way. 

Dr. Camila Ramos, a Brazilian dentist who made small changes in the way she looked at client situations explains how this has generated results not only in several areas of her life, but also for those who live with her: 

"The development of the coaching job helped me understand each client's culture, that the mistakes or wrong postures they had with me were not something personal, but because they were that way with everyone. This understanding has made me better able to organize appointments with patients who do not meet the schedule, those who break the orthodontic appliance, those who are always in a hurry or those who like to talk. I have learned that if I am in their service, I must organize myself in the best way to serve them in their needs. This better organization of the necessary time is made available to each patient, knowing a little of their habits. This has made me able to work on schedule, without delays and getting more satisfied customers. This little change has created a sequence of wellness. My schedule organized according to how I like to work, does not leave me stressed and so I can better serve my clients from the beginning to the end of the consultations. My employees have also joined the system and these benefits are enhanced. My next client will have your schedule respected and so you will not have to change your schedule. My gym teacher will have my presence at the stipulated time. My mother will have the schedules kept, since I was not late for lunch and until my dog gets into that gain because his ride will be maintained. Finally, the expansion of my vision so that each individual is unique and should be treated as such, including during the monthly schedule of his orthodontic treatment, which lasts an average of two years, brought changes in the way he worked out the consultation time and with that positive changes in my behavior and benefits to all who live with me." 

Examples like this create a solid foundation for growth, based on moral values admired all over the world. Those who achieve these good results will inspire others to follow their example, thus becoming examples for others. Such examples will favor the progress of sustainable development of the country. Continual small changes will ultimately cause major changes to happen. 

However, as quoted above, many still do not know how to do this. They do not know what options they have to increase their actions and improve results. In our practice, we have verified that some factors can contribute to clarify and increase the chances of achieving goals. Here are a few: 

  1.  Friends - Seek to relate to people who possess the qualities that you would like to have. Living with them will make you learn to behave differently. We must live with people who motivate us and encourage us to be better, who recognize our qualities and who are committed to punctuate our points of improvement. Always look for friends you admire for the qualities you want to have. 
  2. Required resources - investing in courses, training, books, can bring the knowledge you need and even increase your networking with people who have the same interests as yours. However, many claim not to be able to invest in this sector for financial reasons. So, there is a need to make these resources more affordable and accessible which will enable you to prioritize purchasing those that will led you to more personal and professional development.
  3. Losses - Whoever wants change will have to deal with the losses. There is a natural tendency to want to keep what already exists and only add the things we want. In practice, we find that we often lose, or rather, replace beliefs, time, money, comfort, fun, work, study, and interaction with people who seek things and have values similar to ours.
  4. Know-How - If you do not know how to get what you want, look for people who know. This will provide you with options and also create tools to develop your creativity. Many people have already done something the same or similar to what you want, save time and save money by absorbing their experience and knowledge either through socializing, courses or books.
  5. Go up steps - Whenever you start something, finish it. In practice we observed that if most people had finished everything they started, the results they were harvesting would be different from what they are getting. Do not look for shortcuts, take small steps continuously. By starting and ending everything you attempt you will see that small results will accelerate the achievement of future goals.
  6. Take up your new position - Be like the person you want to become. Be honest, ethical, responsible, organized, engaged, generous, sympathetic and faithful. Doing and acting differently will bring positive results and they will inspire you to cope with everything to become the person you want to be. A real behavior change takes more time than an attitude change. But you can speed up this process by doing it right and the results will be evidence that you are on the right path.

We note that there is nothing context changing or unique in the factors listed above. But it is important to understand that countries in economic, political and social crisis, such as Brazil, simple advice and information on how to change negative beliefs and values, is unavailable, not recognized or ignored due to the country’s existing negative culture around the benefits of personal development. 

Dr. Juliana Fraga, is an example of how, as necessary, we need to seek knowledge and help to broaden our vision and thereby change our attitudes. She explains:

"I graduated in 2012, but only in 2016 did I get positive results with the help of a health consultancy that was instrumental in my financial organization, digital marketing and personal learning, partnerships and through that I can now generate employment for my assistant dentist and I am concluding my second specialization”.

 Small changes will produce the results to generate positive reinforcement of these actions, motivating the confrontation of the obstacles and continuation of the actions. A person's positive results by changing his or her life for the better through straightforwardness of character, good moral and ethical values, commitment and engagement with society will serve as an example to undo the mistaken belief that it is only possible to develop financially through advantages even if they are illegal. And so, gradually we will have real wellness examples to be followed within society, inspiring other people to change behavior and attitude favoring the individual, their social and professional environment. And so, little by little we will change the culture and transform the whole country. There is a much better future for us! I believe it!

Cecilia Negrini is business Consultant, businesswoman, coach and speaker. She is founder and owner of the company Cecilia Negrini – Consulting and Advice for the Health Area.  She has more than 10 years of experience in assisting health professionals. A personal coach by SLAC – Sociedade Latino Americana  de Coaching  and she is affiliated in Institute of Coaching by Harvard and affiliated in National Welness Institute – USA. She is specialist in Linguistics from UNESP – Universidade  Estadual Paulista and she did MBA in Marketing for Health and MBA in Business Management from FGV – Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She works as a facilitator in training about servant leadership by Fórmula Treinamentos and James Hunter – author of the book The Servant and others. cecilia@cecilianegrini.com

Tags:  Brazil  Cecilia Negrini  International Wellness  leadership  success 

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Transformational Leadership

Posted By Alex Lobo, Thursday, January 4, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Alex Lobo MBA
Founder and CEO of the Mexican Institute of Integral Prevention
Member NWI International Standing Committee 

One of the biggest issues in the management of human talent, the achievement of strategic objectives, and the execution of priorities and needs of the organization, is that people do what they have to do to succeed. 

The issue of leadership has been addressed in many ways; most research being around the need to train people, motivate them, and empower them. The main problem is that each human being has different needs, values, beliefs, talents, resources, abilities, and ways of looking at life. Also, the people who lead do so in different ways through different leadership styles and employ different techniques to have their teams achieve their results. From this perspective, change by itself is not enough to achieve goals and results, especially in medium- and long-term strategy issues in companies. It is not enough to provide methodologies, motivation, and tools. It is necessary to accomplish a change from the operational level, to transform at the level of identity; which generates alignment with respect to values and strategy.

Today, work teams need to self-manage, and for this we need a new way of looking at the leadership issue. Not only the change that the leader asks of his teams, but from the process of accompaniment towards an integral transformation of the person. Today more than ever, leaders have the opportunity to become mentors, coaches, cheerleaders, and sergeants of their teams. Always starting from their own example, from their own resources. But above all, the leadership that is required nowadays has to do with the identity of the leader and the identity of the work teams.

The basis of transformational leadership is self discovery. Who should I be to achieve the objectives? Who do I have to convert? What are the features of my personality that I would have to exalt? What to improve? How should my own resources grow? How am I a generator of that process of change in operability, of transformation in identity? 

Affects Of Transformational Leadership On Work Teams

Transformational leadership positively affects work teams from the level of behavior change —new tasks, assignments, skills to be developed — through to the transformation of beliefs and attitudes, regarding the task itself and team members' own abilities. It is also important to influence the habits and discipline of each member, to explore what are the values and moral and intellectual priorities of each one, as well as their intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, which gives a better understanding of what is relevant for each work team. 

The three concrete actions of the transformational leader are: understanding the fears and obstacles through which each work team passes; understanding the context and current situation of the individual and their resources and immediate needs, and facilitate the process of transformation, starting from what is apparently a simple task to what becomes a new identity.

Transformational leadership involves those steps leaders have to take to manage themselves. To be able to increase their influence on others, understand the motivations, limitations, and fears of their work team, and help them to expand an instrumentalist vision of accomplishing tasks and achieving results to a functional vision of capacity expansion and strengthening of human identity.

There are specific characteristics of the transformational leader and specific motivations and ambitions of all human beings. The contemporary leader understands these elements and uses them in favor of results, growth, and the generation of future value. Thus adding competitive advantage through four characteristics for the development of transformational leadership: 

  1. Social-emotional skills:  these are the concepts of self-care, self-knowledge of emotional intelligence, social intelligence, the motivations and unique situations of each individual, decision-making, and always thinking about this concept of "better decisions" and that of resilience, concept, and concrete development goals, how to grow in each of these areas with specific indications, individually and at a corporate level.
  2. Virtues: the transformational leader is someone who is regulated in the moral and spiritual from the cardinal virtues. The need to develop strength as a central element of consistency, ability to face obstacles and not bend to situations that are in the way. Temperance, which is the virtue that regulates one's appetites, passions, and vices that we generate consciously or unconsciously and that obviously distract us, de-motivate us, and generate physical, psychological, and profitability consequences. Prudence, which is having the clarity of doing the right thing for the right reasons at the right time with the right people, and being able to understand and have a broader vision of the different systems, actors, and forces that exist in the business environment — the number one feature of the trans-formational leader. Development of maturity as the core competence, understood as the ability to self-regulate, self-manage, and to achieve what is proposed.
  3. Persuasion: everything that social influence implies, and how to raise one’s levels of influence to have others do it. Evidently here the key piece has to do with the motivation both at the intrinsic and extrinsic personal level. 
  4. The competition vs. the experience: every transformational leader must have worked, documented their personal learning, their success stories and failures. The leader must understand the specific lessons to work with their teams in specific situations and understand that the main task is to inspire and instruct.

Every one of these characteristics is necessary to increase the chances of success in achieving objectives. In addition to these competencies there are five specific habits that transformational leaders have to master: 

  1. Self-management and self-government: eat well, sleep well, exercise, and lead a harmonious, healthy, and well existence.
  2. Continuous learning: the leader is the first apprentice. Lead from learning and not from knowledge; the knowledge leader gives a chair, the leader in learning accompanies the discovery or transformation process.
  3. Listening: it must be active, with an interest and with a fair amount of curiosity towards people and their points of view.
  4. Discipline: there is no obstacle that can resist perseverance and for this it is important to stay focused, not be distracted, and be a bit stubborn through tenacity.
  5. Celebration: the transformational leader knows how to recognize the effort and knows how to reward the results. Understand that the basis of happiness is progress and that it requires taking time to recognize, reward, and give back. 

Although these habits are not generated from one day to the next, if you start immediately, you achieve your domain through repetition. It is also useful to propose a plan of action and individual improvement for the achievement of goals. This is undoubtedly a recipe or proven formula for accomplishing the transformation of work teams and individuals. Conceptually it makes a lot of sense, however the emphasis must be on the execution and implementation of these concepts.

Alex LoboAlejandro (Alex) Lobo is founder and CEO of the Mexican Institute of Integral Prevention, writer, researcher, lecturer, educator, consultant, Wellness Coach, Life & BusinessPerformance Coach. The Mexican Institute of Comprehensive Prevention, is an association Alex founded after extensive experience working in the design, management and implementation of “Comprehensive Prevention” Models in educational institutions, public and private sector and governmental organizations. He has studied administration, international trade, and has obtained a Master degree in the Mexican Business School (IPADE). Furthermore, he has worked in consulting, teaching and research in various institutions in Mexico, the United States, and South America. “Comprehensive Prevention” ensures full personal development and freeing the inner potential. It humanizes relationships and leads to a state of consciousness, well-being and fulfillment.

Tags:  Alex Lobo  International Wellness  leadership  Mexico  occupational wellness  success  thriving  wellness coach 

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Five Ways To Become A More Creative Leader This Year

Posted By NWI, Monday, February 6, 2017

Stretching and challenging our minds with intellectual and creative pursuits supports our satisfaction with work and play by helping us to look at the world in new ways and connect with others by sharing our gifts. Investing in your personal development by welcoming creative thinking into your everyday life is a key piece of advice for aspiring leaders offered by a recent article in Forbes. Among the many habits of creative leaders explored in the article, scheduling in time just to think, switching up our surroundings, and being more compassionate overall to ourselves were a priority. Make your day more dynamic and open to new ideas by taking a walk or sharing a meal with colleagues in a new location. We often think of these activities as “unproductive moments” or a luxury, but re-framing them into “innovating moments” can elevate their value or “return on investment” to not only our personal wellness, but also to our business or career goals.

Tags:  Creativity  February 2017  Leadership 

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Quotes (February 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012

Good leaders must first become good servants. – Robert Greenleaf

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader. – John C. Maxwell

Servant-leadership is more than a concept, it is a fact. Any great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself as a servant of that group and will act accordingly. – M. Scott Peck

Whatever our career may be, true leadership means to receive power from God and to use it under Gods rule to serve people in Gods way. – Leighton Ford

We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life. – Sir William Osler

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. – Max De Pree

A Godly Leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant. – Roy Lessin

We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead. – William Arthur Ward

The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people's lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them. – Rabbi Harold Kushner

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. – Marian Anderson

There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being to help someone succeed. – Alan Loy McGinnis

My research debunks the myth that many people seem to have . . . that you become a leader by fighting your way to the top. Rather, you become a leader by helping others to the top. Helping your employees is as important, and many times more so, than trying to get the most work out of them. – William Cohen

The most valuable currency of any organization is the initiative and creativity of its members. Every leader has the solemn moral responsibility to develop these to the maximum in all his people. This is the leader's highest priority. – W. Edwards Deming

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. – John C. Maxwell

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say 'I'. And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say 'I'. They don't think 'I'. They think 'we'; they think 'team'. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but 'we' gets the credit.... This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. – Peter F. Drucker

The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves. – J. Carla Nortcutt

Being a leader who serves is very different from being a servant leader. – Isabel O. Lopez

Few people are successful unless other people want them to be. – Charlie Brown

If leadership serves only the leader, it will fail. Ego satisfaction, financial gain, and status can all be valuable tools for a leader, but if they become the only motivations, they will eventually destroy a leader. Only when service for a common good is the primary purpose are you truly leading. – Sheila Murray Bethel

You will find yourself in service to your fellow man, your country, and your God. – Mahatma Gandhi

A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them. – John C. Maxwell

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. – William Arthur Ward

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves – Unknown Author

A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service. – US Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn

Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, not a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people. – US President George Bush

As leaders shift their focus to customers and quality, they realize that the old authoritarian leadership style does not work anymore. To achieve quality, service, and rapid response, leaders must utilize all available talent. They must find ways to inspire, involve, and empower employees. They must create a work environment that encourages commitment, innovation, and cooperation. Instead of evaluating, leaders now coach. Instead of doing, they delegate. Instead of telling, they facilitate. No one is expected to boss anyone. Everyone is expected to participate. – Dr. Suzanne Willis Zoglio

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. – Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. – US President Calvin Coolidge

He that cannot obey, cannot command. – Benjamin Franklin

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. – Martin Luther King Jr.

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A new moral principle is emerging which holds that the only authority deserving one's allegiance is that which is freely and knowingly granted by the led to the leader in response to, and in proportion to, the clearly evident servant stature of the leader. Those who choose to follow this principle will not casually accept the authority of existing institutions. Rather, they will freely respond only to Individuals who are chosen as leaders because they are proven and trusted servants. To the extent that this principle prevails in the future, the only truly viable institutions will be those that are predominantly servant-led. – Robert K. Greenleaf

Leadership is getting people to help you when they are not obligated to do so. – John C. Maxwell

Life is a place of service. Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness. – Leo Tolstoy

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. – Sam Walton

No leader can possibly have all the answers . . . . The actual solutions about how best to meet the challenges of the moment have to be made by the people closest to the action. . . .The leader has to find the way to empower those frontline people, to challenge them, to provide them with the resources they need, and then to hold them accountable. As they struggle with . . . this challenge, the leader becomes their coach, teacher, and facilitator. Change how you define leadership, and you change how you run a company. – Steve Miller

To lead the people, walk behind them. – Lao Tzu

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates

Leaders don't inflict pain - they share pain. – Max Depree

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. – John Maxwell

People are more inclined to be drawn in if their leader has a compelling vision. Great leaders help people get in touch with their own aspirations and then will help them forge those aspirations into a personal vision. – John Kotter

Servant-leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win. In that situation, they don't work for you, you work for them. – Ken Blanchard

As you wait upon the Lord, you learn to see things from His perspective, move at His pace, and function under His directives. Waiting times are growing times and learning times. As you quiet your heart, you enter His peace: as you sense your weakness, you receive His strength: as you lay down your will, you hear His calling. When you mount up, you are being lifted by the wind of His Spirit . . . When you move ahead, you are sensitive to His timing. When you act, you give as yourself only to the things He has asked you to do. – Roy Lessin

Read more: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/266874_quotes-on-servant-leadership#ixzz1C5RFa1am

Tags:  February 2011  Inspiration  Intellectual  Leadership  Occupational  Quotes  Social 

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Servant Leadership and Why it Matters for Wellness (February 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012

The phrase "Servant Leadership" was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, he said:

"The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature."

"The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people's highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?"

In his second major essay, The Institution as Servant, Robert K. Greenleaf articulated what is often called the "credo." He said:

" This is my thesis: caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is the rock upon which a good society is built. Whereas, until recently, caring was largely person to person, now most of it is mediated through institutions—often large, complex, powerful, impersonal; not always competent; sometimes corrupt. If a better society is to be built, one that is more just and more loving, one that provides greater creative opportunity for its people, then the most open course is to raise both the capacity to serve and the very performance as servant of existing major institutions by new regenerative forces operating within them."

Servant Leadership is thus the idea that to grow people, institutions, and society in a healthy way, we must serve them—develop them based on their needs, their strengths, and their abilities. It is the idea, that leaders should build people up. Living wellness asks us to practice healthy social, occupational, emotional, and intellectual habits. The following are examples of Servant Leadership implementation as a wellness practice:

  • Take time to notice the work others do and thank them.
  • Every day, look for and act on opportunities to empower other people.
  • Strive to understand your strengths and weaknesses so that you may better serve others.
  • Be open to the ideas of others.
  • Actively listen.

There are many more ways to implement the ideas of Servant Leadership, for more information visit: The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Tags:  Emotional  February 2011  Intellectual  Leadership  Social  Wellness 

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