Leadership is Constant and So is Commitment

December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Commitment is one of those words that we take for granted. We (think) we know what it means, we throw it around recklessly, but it has a much larger, more meaningful backdrop.  The word “commitment” turned on its head…

Peter Block, in a 2005 address to the Servant Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN, had this to say:

“There’s a conversation of commitment. Commitment means, what’s the promise I’m willing to make with no expectation of return? That’s a commitment. Most of the commercial world, most of the living existing world, is organized around barter.What’s in it for me? Entitlement. The cost of patriarchy is entitlement. If you find people entitled, it’s not who they are; it’s there response to a high control world that has something in mind for them, and their contribution to that is the wish for safety and protection. I want my Mommy, I want my Daddy, I want my boss, I want my mentor, etc.”

OK, so, in what ways have you been using commitment as a way to get something in return?


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