Robert K. Greenleaf

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert K. Greenleaf was born in Terre Haute, Indiana back in 1904.  He attended Rose Polytechnic school before transferring to Carleton College in Minnesota.  He graduated with a math degree.  He worked for AT&T for 38 years, taking his retirement in 1964. 

During his time at AT&T he participated in its first management training program.  He was the originator of the world’s first corporate assessment center for the promotion of the first females and Blacks to non-menial positions.  After his retirement in 1964 he founded the Center for Applied Ethics.  For the next 25 years he served as a consultant to MIT, the American Foundation for Management Research and the Lily Endowment. He died in 1990.

What you may not know about Robert is that he was the founder of the modern Servant Leadership movement.  The philosophy is to have the leader serve, the leader shares power, puts the needs of the employees first and helps them develop and perform as highly as possible. Much like or firm founded by Joshua Harley.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Servant Leadership in the Modern Workplace

Apr 25, 2020 03:19 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - this I know about about.  The servant leader role is extrmey important today.

Apr 25, 2020 04:33 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Robert had the right line of thinking. Interesting fellow. Enjoy your day!

Apr 25, 2020 04:49 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Just like the "Seen Minute Manager" and in my opinion, both should be utilized more in today's business.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 25, 2020 04:58 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well I guess many of our goverment leaders did not practice this.

Apr 25, 2020 05:45 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I recall hearing/knowing of this concept but not as many details/information as you have outlined here.  

Apr 25, 2020 05:55 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He sounds like a very good man and that is how I would run things if I was in charge!

Apr 25, 2020 07:13 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing this with us. I think my leadership style incorporates some of this idea...

Happy Saturday my friend James Dray 

Apr 25, 2020 08:49 AM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

It is interesting who comes up with these different ideas. Interesting man, happy to have read about him.

Apr 25, 2020 09:42 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- while I was reading this Grant Schneider popped into my head!!!

Apr 25, 2020 09:49 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Excellent information we knew about, and big KUDOS to Barbara Todaro for illustrating the concept.  Happy Saturday!  A

Apr 25, 2020 10:34 AM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Lead by serving others. Wasn't there an example of that in the Bible... OH YA, it was Jesus, God Himself in human form. I guess Greenleafs idea had only been explaind to him by God 2,000 years earlier James Dray  .

Apr 25, 2020 01:20 PM #12
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Love this! I did not know Robert K Greenleaf was the founder of the modern Servant Leadership movement (after Jesus, of course).  

Apr 25, 2020 03:25 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing a glimpse into  the life of  Robert Greenleaf.  What an important model to leave us with - Servant Leadership.

Apr 25, 2020 08:17 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I had no idea and what a novel concept too bad so few actually believe and practice it, Endre

Apr 25, 2020 10:58 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

This was a great story and an excellent leadership model.


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