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Top Servant-Leadership Scholar Spears, GU Professor Ferch to Speak at Leadership Forum March 31

"The Spirit of Servant Leadership" is the title of a new book authored by Gonzaga Leadership Studies Professor Shann Ferch and servant-leadership scholar Larry Spears. It was published earlier this year by Paulist Press. Image of partial book cover courtesy of the authors.

Presentation Titled, ‘Servant Leadership: The Person and the Organization’

SPOKANE, Wash. – Larry Spears, the world’s foremost scholar in the field of servant-leadership, and Gonzaga University leadership studies Professor Shann Ferch will present the powerful concepts of servant leadership to the Spokane Leadership Connection Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, March 31 at the Red Lion River Inn Shoreline Ballroom.

The cost for the public event is $30 and $15 for students (with student identification) and includes breakfast. Immediately following the presentation, Spears and Ferch will sign copies of their new book, titled “The Spirit of Servant Leadership” (Paulist Press; 2011). Registration, which is managed by Leadership Spokane, is required. People may register online at http://conta.cc/dSZHrU.

Ferch, editor of the International Journal of Servant Leadership, and Spears will engage the audience in dialogue about servant leadership, which many consider one of the most profound approaches to leadership in the last five decades. The co-authors note that more than 10 of the top 20 “Fortune 500 Best Companies to Work For” in recent years have included companies that practice servant leadership. Organizations such as Starbucks, Southwest Air, TDIndustries, Men’s Wearhouse, and Synovus Financial practice servant leadership and have experienced success at twice the market rate before and during the current economic downturn.

The presentation by Spears and Ferch also will include a discussion focusing on the salient features of servant leadership that have withstood the test of time, including: listening, foresight, awareness, and community-building.

Later in the day, at 3 p.m., Spears and Ferch will discuss their new book and read excerpts from it during a campus reception in the fourth-floor classroom of the Tilford Center (111 E. DeSmet Ave.), home of Gonzaga’s School of Professional Studies. Then, from 4-4:30 p.m., the two will hold a book-signing event in the Lobby of the Tilford Center. Both afternoon events are free and open to the public. Gonzaga faculty, staff and students, especially current and former leadership students, are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Connie Caddis at the School of Professional Studies at (509) 313-3684 or via e-mail.

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