How Do Quakers Approach Leadership?

The Quaker Leadership Scholars Program at Guilford College fosters spiritual growth, academic study and community involvement opportunities. After 25 years, more than 150 students have been a part of the program. We caught up with some of them to ask “what have you learned about the Quaker approach to leadership?”

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Jon Watts

Jon Watts launched and directed the QuakerSpeak project for its first 6 seasons. Keep up to date with Jon’s work at his website.

4 thoughts on “How Do Quakers Approach Leadership?

  1. While my own son is a recent QLSP (’17) graduate, and learned a great deal at Guilford, there is an older and also very useful Quaker model of leadership developed by Robert Greenleaf which he called Servant Leadership.

    Robert Greenleaf (1904-1990) became a Quaker in mid-life. His notions about Servant Leadership and his Center for teaching Servant Leadership should be the topic of another Quaker Speak Video.

    Check out this text:
    “Greenleaf always claimed that although he was informed by the Judeo-Christian ethic (he became a Quaker in mid-life), servant leadership was for people of all faiths and all institutions, secular and religious. He knew that he was not a perfect servant-leader, but it was his ideal, and the arc of his life bent in that direction.”
    The text above comes from this link.

  2. Actively listening to our communities resounded within me, also the comment that the value is within the process and not the product. Very profound yet simple video. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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