In Peter Temes' remarkable new book, The Power of Purpose , he gets to a fundamental point of servant leadership right from the get-go. He writes: [I]magine the man or woman who looks at the world and understands, this is when I should push, here is the opportunity to reshape the world in some small way , and knows too when to say, here is when I must step back, here is when my desire has to yield to patience . The real power lies in being able to see both visions.
He’s writing about the balance between ambition on one hand and humility and patience on the other. Being able to read a situation is fundamental to this balance and it comes from having both self-knowledge and a quality best described as mindfulness . This is the essence of servant leadership; an outward focus. More on this book later.
(By the way, a often quoted book on mindfulness is that by Harvard professor Ellen J. Langer .)
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The West German Statistisches Bundesamt figures from 1958 estimated total civilian losses in East Prussia of 299,200 including 274,200 in the expulsions after May 1945 and 25,000 during the war   According to West German Statistisches Bundesamt , in total, out of a pre-war population of 2,490,000 about 500,000 died during the war, including 210,000 military dead and 311,000 civilians dying during the wartime flight, postwar expulsion of Germans and forced labor in the Soviet Union; 1,200,000 managed to escape to the western parts of Germany, while about 800,000 pre-war inhabitants remained in East Prussia in summer 1945. The figure of 311,000 civilian deaths is included in the overall estimate of million expulsion deaths that is often cited in historical literature.
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