Servant Leadership Learning Communities®
In 1999, TMCA (then AMCA), wanted to create a learning space for organizations to benchmark best practices in understanding and applying principles of servant leadership.
Two of our long-term Clients, TDIndustries and Southwest Airlines had been recognized on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for several years and attributed much of their success to cultures of servant leadership.
In the years that followed, TMCA organized four meetings a year (now three) for organizations to learn new servant leadership skills, learn from other organizations, and dialogue organizational challenges using tools of servant leadership.
In 2008, through shared conversations with the Sophia Foundation in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and later in a TMCA Strategic Planning Session, we realized there was a desire for an SLLC® not limited to the local Dallas/North Texas geography. Through a partnership with the Sophia Foundation and encouragement from the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, the Global VSLLC® was born.
From the inspiration of the successful Dallas SLLC®, in 2016 the Phoenix SLLC® was launched by Deborah Welch. In 2017 Vadivu Govind launched the Singapore SLLC®. It is our vision that in the future, Servant Leadership Communities will be organized around the world beginning with TMCA colleagues in the Netherlands and Japan.
With a handful of friends, the Dallas SLLC® began as a group sharing books, ideas, and practices in servant leadership in Ann McGee-Cooper’s living room. Through the years, the organization grew as friends and colleagues offered their places of business both to host the location and co-present programs. Seventeen Dallas area organizations now participate on different levels of their servant leadership journeys—some like SWA and TD with extensive histories along with young organizations just beginning. In 2016 we launched the Dallas Servant Leadership Learning Community® Symposium, hosted at one of our larger sites—Communities Foundation of Texas. Members hear multiple speakers and dialogue current issues important to the servant leadership movement.
Participating members include: TDIndustries, Southwest Airlines, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Coppell Police Department, Celebration Restaurant, Tempo Mechanical Services, TexEnergy Solutions, Publishing Concepts, Dallas County Community College District, Communities Foundation of Texas, Bridgeway Capital Management, Lumin Education, Saulsbury Industries, Ferguson Industries, NewWorq LLC, Cliff Watson Consulting LLC, and Trammell McGee-Cooper and Associates.
Dr. Deborah Welch visited our Dallas SLLC® and has directed our Virtual VSLLC® for many years, but more recently had the vision of starting a Servant Leadership Learning Community® in Phoenix, her current city of residence. She knew there were companies in Phoenix either currently practicing servant leadership or wanting to learn, so the time was right to start a group. She visited with contacts at local companies and the Phoenix SLLC® was born.
Founding companies include: Southwest Airlines, TDIndustries, Pulte Homes, Medtronic, and Freeport McMorRan. They meet three times a year and share best practices, learning servant leadership skills along the way.
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This program is designed for individuals who want to deepen their servant leadership “inner journey” with a core group of highly supportive, dedicated servant-leaders over a six month period. The program includes nine 90-minute tele-circles (a phone call that is intentionally a “circle” so that every person has an opportunity to speak and be deeply heard) each focusing on a theme of servant leadership. Participants are sent pre-readings to prepare for calls. Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Deborah Welch, Virginia Gilmore, and Duane Trammell. Those interested in participating in the program submit applications and are interviewed for acceptance into the program. The program is limited to ten participants.