Advisory Contributing Authors Board

Associate Editor

Jiying Song, Ph.D., PMP, MDiv

Assistant Professor of Business and Economics, Northwestern College

Assistant Editor, African Servant-Leadership

Rosemary Muriungi, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Gonzaga University

Senior Advisory Editor

Larry C. Spears

President and CEO, Spears Center for Servant-Leadership & Servant-Leadership Scholar, Gonzaga University


Shann Ray Ferch, Ph.D.

Professor of Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University

Contributing Authors Board

James A. Autry

Author & Consultant
James A. Autry retired in 1992 as president of the Meredith Magazine Group. In addition to Love and Profit, which won the Johnson, Smith and Kinsely Award in 1992, Mr. Autry is the author of two previous books of poetry, Nights Under a Tin Roof and Life After Mississippi, and was one of the poets featured in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, “The Power of the Word."

Autry, J. A. (1994). Life and work: A manager’s search for meaning. New York: William Murrow and Company.


Warren Bennis

In Memoriam, Author & Professor
Warren Bennis is distinguished professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California. He is the author of On Becoming a Leader and Why Leaders Can’t Lead, and has co-authored, Leaders: Strategies for Change. He has served in an advisory position to four U.S. presidents, faculty member, as consultant, and university president.

Bennis, W., & Townsend, T. (1997). Reinventing leadership: Strategies to empower the organization. New York: Quill, William Morrow.


Ken Blanchard

Author & Consultant
Ken Blanchard has impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies around the world as a prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant. Ken’s best selling book, The One Minute Manager, co-authored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than one million copies worldwide. Ken is chief spiritual officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies. He is also visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Blanchard, K. (1999). The heart of a leader: Insights on the art of influence. Tulsa, OK: Honor Press.


Peter Block

Author & Consultant
Peter Block, author, consultant, and speaker, has worked for more than 30 years with governments, businesses, and communities worldwide to bring service and accountability to a wide range of organizations and groups. Peter is the founder of two renowned training firms, Designed Learning and Block Petrella Weisbord. He is the author of The Flawless Consulting Fieldbook and CompanionFlawless ConsultingStewardshipThe Empowered ManagerThe Answer to How is Yes; and Community: The Structure of Belonging.

Koestenbaum, P., & Block, P. (2001). Freedom and accountability at work: Applying philosophic insight to the real world. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.


David Cooperrider

Author & Professor
Dr. David Cooperidder is professor and chair of the SIGMA Program for Human Cooperation and Global Action at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has served as researcher and consultant to a wide variety of organizations. These projects are inspired by the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology for which he is co-originator. He has been recipient of Best Paper of the Year Awards at the Academy of Management.

Cooperrider, D., Whitney, D., & Stavros, J. (2003). Appreciative inquiry handbook: The first in a series of AI workbooks for leaders of change. Bedford heights, OH: Lakeshore Publishers, Inc.


Stephen Covey

In Memoriam, Author & Consultant
Stephen R. Covey was an internationally respected leadership authority and co-chairman of Franklin Covey Company. He held an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he was professor of organizational behavior and business management and also served as director of university relations and assistant to the president. Dr. Covey was author of several acclaimed books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has been on top of the bestseller lists.

Covey, S. R. (1997). First things first every day. New York: Fireside.


Max De Pree

In Memoriam, Author & Consultant
Max De Pree writes from 40 years of experience in the corporate world, almost as many in the non-profit world, and 19 years as a grandparent. De Pree is chairman emeritus of Herman Miller, Inc., a member of Fortune magazine’s National Business Hall of Frame, and a recipient of the Business Enterprise Trust's Lifetime Achievement Award. He has served on the boards of Fuller Theological Seminary, Hope College, and Worlds of Hope. De Pree is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.

De Pree, M. (1997). Leading without power: Finding hope in serving community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Ronald A. Heifetz

Author & Professor
Ronald A. Heifetz, co-founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, is renowned worldwide for his seminal work on the practice and teaching of leadership. His widely acclaimed book, Leadership Without Easy Answers, has been translated into many languages. A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Heifetz is both a physician and a cellist (he studied with Gregor Piatigorsky).

Heifetz, R. A., & Linsky, M. (2002). Leadership on the line: Staying alive through the dangers of leading. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.


Joseph Jaworski

Author & Consultant
Joseph Jaworski began his professional career as an attorney with Bracewell & Patterson. In 1980, Jaworski founded the American Leadership Forum. He completed a four-year assignment as head of Global Scenario Planning for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. In 1994, he joined the MIT Center for Organizational Learning and is also founder of the Centre for Generative Learning.

Jaworski, J. (1996). Synchronicity: The inner path of leadership. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.


James M. Kouzes

Author, Professor, & Consultant
James Kouzes is president of the TPG/Learning Systems, a company in the Tom Peters group. Kouzes and his colleagues have developed such innovative programs as “The Leadership Challenge Workshop,” “The Credibility Factor Workshop,” “Leadership is Everyone’s Business,” and "The Liberation Management Workshop." Kouzes is author of numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes on management education, leadership, and organizational development. He also co-authored The Leadership Challenge.

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (1993). Credibility: How leaders gain and lose it, why people demand it. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Ann McGee-Cooper

In Memoriam, Author & Consultant
Dr. Ann McGee-Cooper is heralded as “the Pied Piper of corporate America” and as a “prophet in the business wilderness” and is a widely sought-after speaker and business consultant. McGee-Cooper has also authored, Time Management for Unmanageable People and Building Brain Power. She has a doctorate from Columbia University based on a self-conceived, interdisciplinary program in creative problem solving.

McGee-Cooper, A., Trammell, D., Lau, B., (1990). You don’t have to go home from work exhausted: The energy engineering approach. Dallas: Bowen & Rogers.


C. William Pollard

Author & Consultant
C. William Pollard is Chairman and CEO of the ServiceMaster Company. ServiceMaster has been recognized by Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times as one of the most respected companies in the world, and is ranked the No. 1 service company among the Fortune 500. Pollard speaks, writes and teaches on management and ethics, and is author of the best-selling book, The Soul of the Firm.

Pollard, C. W. (1996). The soul of the firm. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.


Barry Z. Posner

Author & Professor
Barry Z. Posner is professor of organizational behavior in the Leavey School of Business and Administration at Santa Clara University. Posner is and internationally renowned scholar who has published more than 80 research and practitioner-oriented articles. In addition to co-authoring Credibility, he has also co-authored The Leadership ChallengeGetting the Job Done, and Managing Project Teams and Task Forces to Success. Posner received his Ph.D. degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in organizational behavior and administrative theory.

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (1993). Credibility: How leaders gain and lose it, why people demand it. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Peter Senge

Author, Professor, & Consultant
Peter Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business. He is the author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. He has lectured extensively throughout the world and worked with leaders in business, education, health care, and government. He received his B.S. in engineering from Stanford, and an M.S. in social systems modeling and Ph.D. in management from MIT.

Senge, P., Cambron-McCabe, N., Lucas, T., Smith, B., Dutton, J., & Kleiner, A. (2000). Schools that learn: A fifth discipline fieldbook for educators, parents, and everyone who cares about education.New York: Doubleday.


Larry C. Spears

Author-Editor and Servant-Leadership Scholar, Gonzaga University

Larry C. Spears is the CEO of the Spears Center, which was founded in 2008.  He also serves as Servant-Leadership Scholar for Gonzaga University’s School of Leadership Studies.  Mr. Spears is a contributing author and co-editor of numerous books, including Insights on Leadership, Fortuitous Encounters (with Paul Davis), and The Spirit of Servant-Leadership (with Shann Ray Ferch).  He served as CEO and as Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center from 1990 to 2007.

Spears, L., (2002). Introduction: Tracing the past, present, and future of servant-leadership. In L. C. Spears, & M. Lawrence, (Eds.), Focus on leadership: Servant-leadership for the twenty-first century. New York: John Wiley & Sons.


Robert Spitzer, S.J.

Author & Professor
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 16, 1952, Fr. Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order, and is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, which is dedicated to showing the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament Fr. Spitzer is also president of the Spitzer Center on Catholic Organizations, which is dedicated to strengthening culture, faith, and spirit in Catholic organizations for the new evangelization. He is also the Chief Educational Officer for the Ethics and Performance Institute, which delivers web-based education to corporations on personal efficacy, organizational culture, leadership, and ethics.

Spitzer, R. (2000). The spirit of leadership: Optimizing creativity and change in organizations. Provo, UT: Executive Excellence Publishing.


Margaret Wheatley

Author & Consultant
Margaret Wheatley writes, teaches, and speaks about radically new practices and ideas for organizing in chaotic times. She is President emeritus of The Berkana Institute, a charitable global foundation serving life-affirming leaders around the world. Her newest book, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time, is a collection of her practice-focused writings, where she describes both the organizational and personal behaviors that bring her theories to life. Wheatley also authored Leadership and the New Science, Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future, and A Simpler Way (with Myron Kellner-Rogers).

Wheatley, M. (1999). Leadership and the new science (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.


Danah Zohar

Author & Consultant
Danah Zohar was born and educated in the United States. She studied Physics and Philosophy at MIT, and then did her postgraduate work in Philosophy, Religion & Psychology at Harvard University. She is the author, with Ian Marshall, of the best-selling books, The Quantum Self and The Quantum Society. In 1997, she and Marshall published Who’s Afraid of Schrödinger's Cat?, a survey of 20th-century scientific ideas. In the same year, Zohar published a business book, ReWiring the Corporate Brain. Her latest book, co-authored with Marshall is SQ: Connecting with our Spiritual Intelligence. Zohar teaches in the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program at Oxford University. She lives in Oxford, England. 

Zohar, D., (2000). Spiritual intelligence: The ultimate intelligence. New York: Bloomsbury.


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