The concept of servant leadership is pretty simple. A servant leader puts others’ needs ahead of themselves and actively looks for ways to help them shine, grow and accomplish. The opposite of top-down or do-as-I-tell, servant leaders thrive when those around them grow.

I ain’t no expert and I do love to learn and think about servant leadership. You can read my musings below. Have an idea to share for a post? Drop me a note here.

Leaving Leadership Behind

“Leave leadership out of it”. It was the second time I had heard that statement in a week and it caught me off guard. Even…
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Connecting with Elsie

I am sitting in one of Elsie’s favorite places, surrounded by memories of her and Clifford, aunts and uncles, cousins and second cousins once removed.…
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EQ and Servant leadership

I’ve been thinking about Emotional Intelligence (EI) this week both with my personal reading and after a professional development session. And after some refection I…
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Happy Mothers’ Day

At some point during most of my Four Simple Words talks I mention my mom Kath (Elsie’s youngest child) as an example of someone who…
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Not So Simple

Our Four Simple Words Forum #2 with CV Harquail this week about the connections (and tensions) between feminism and servant leadership was brilliant for a…
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The Right Conversations

Our Four Simple Words Forum this week with my friends Glenna Banda and Melanie Lang was a lot of fun. The three of us shared…
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Serving One Another Online

This week was filled with Zoom meetings. From hardly using the platform 3 weeks ago to now running my day, I have to say it…
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Getting Over Myself

This has been a challenging week. With work grinding to a halt and a number of other projects now on hold, I’ve been feeling very…
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Servant Leadership in times of crisis

This week has been filled with examples of strong and not-so-strong servant leadership. Trying to absorb the onslaught of information has me reflecting on the…
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Elsie Was A Feminist

I witnessed a great example of Servant Leadership this week while attending a training session about the power of feminist business development. It was fun…
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#TryItYoullLikeIt

I want each of us to think about how we can grow our servant leadership skills in 2020. No public pledges, no social media commitment…
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About Elsie

Mary Elsie was born to Ida and Charles McBride in 1903 in the small town of Smith’s Falls Ontario. The first of four daughters, the…
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Happy International Women’s Day 2020

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s also my 50th birthday. Can’t imagine a better day to launch FourSimpleWords.ca. At this halfway point in what…
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