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 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.
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.
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.
Vadivu Govind has a passion for servant leadership. As a participant in the 2014 VSLLC®, Vadivu had a vision of creating an SLLC® in Singapore. For more than 25 years, she has been a catalyst for social/environmental change and brought her expertise and enthusiasm to organizations. In 2017, her dream became a reality and the Singapore SLLC®, 9117 miles from Dallas Texas launched its first session on January 7. Participants commented that they have never met such a diverse group of people—from all professions, ethnic groups, ages, and genders. But all felt “uplifted, blessed, and a bond that was quiet and strong, creating a devotion to serving.” Vadivu tells us “The birth of this community was natural, organic and filled with ease and grace, thanks to all your support. It lights me up and I shall hold it close to my heart.”