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Dr. Carthen Talks About Servant Leadership

On Tuesday, March 15th, our only event was a reception and presentation at Notre Dame College in the Regina Chapel featuring Dr. Jason Carthen, Ph.D. who is, as the program notes stated, a "scholar in the field of leadership studies and business management." IMG_9045Dr. Carthen spoke about "servant leadership" which emphasizes love, humility, altruism, vision, trust, empowerment and service. He talked about his own experience as an impoverished youngster who was approached by a coach who asked him to give football a try and due to this intervention, Dr. Carthen went on to play for the national leagues.

Unfortunately, he was injured and could no longer play but with the help and support of others he went on to become a noted author and public speaker who is a strong advocate of "servant leadership" which Wikipedia briefly summarizes as "both a leadership philosophy and set of leadership practices. Traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the 'top of the pyramid.' By comparison, the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible."

Dr. Carthen was introduced by President Thomas G. Kruczek of Notre Dame College. He said that scholars define "servant leadership" as "facilitating the growth and well-being of the community to which they belong; creating a just and caring world and sacrificing for something greater." President Kruczek then cited several examples of it at being practiced at Notre such as when a professor drove a great distance to return to campus to give financial assistance to a student whose wallet had been stolen and a when a staff member encouraged a student to successfully retake his courses after having failed them the first time.

Also during the introduction, President Kruczek said that Professor Mathews of the History and Political Science Dept. had one eye on the results of the Ohio primary so we could ask him for an update after the program if we wanted.

We certainly did want to and gabbed with Professor Mathews about the results and who will be the republican nominee for a few minutes. We also enjoyed getting to know Professor Louise Prochaska (Theology and Women's Studies) who is very much interested in refugees and Professor Jacqui Loewy (Communications and Theatre) who is keenly interested in the political process just as we are.

We also talked to a person who had a who immigrated to the United States from Ireland with the help of Margaret W. Wong and Associates and another professor who told us that our office might be assisting an international student that she knows who is from Peru.

As for Dr. Carthen, we believe him to be a very caring individual. It says a lot that several students who had heard him speak earlier in the day took time out from their studies to come hear him again in the evening.

 

Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC.

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