Servant Leadership in a Time of Crisis

All around the world a great deal has been spoken about leadership in recent times. As nations and communities have dealt with the coronavirus situation, so the role of leaders has been scrutinized more than ever before. And as never before, the application of servant leadership, when practiced, has never been more critical or more needed. Join lay leader Martin Darby as he discusses servant leadership and what leaders can do in this time of crisis.

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Martin retired in 2006 as CEO of the US operation of Coates Inks, a global printing ink manufacturer, to become President and Executive Director of the Institute for Servant Leadership, a non-profit founded by Bennett Sims, retired Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta. After merging the Institute with the Servant Leadership School in Greensboro, NC in late 2010, he founded MRD Group, a leadership consultancy which works with church groups on leadership development; stewardship as ministry; and on re-imagining church. In 2016 he collaborated with the Rev. Dr. Valori Mulvey Sherer to create Partnership for ReNEWal an organization dedicated to working with church leadership groups to facilitate new ways of being church with a particular emphasis on leadership development, visioning and stewardship. As CEO of Coates, he was dedicated to the introduction, implementation and practice of servant leadership in the workplace and has studied how that practice manifests itself in terms of the cultural transformation within the organization, at the customer interface and how the practice positively impacts traditional business metrics. After joining the Institute, he focused on transforming the vision into a program-oriented organization and supported the development of a number of initiatives to serve the church. He was born, raised and educated in England. After graduating from the University of Aston (Birmingham), he joined the Coates group in the UK and moved to the US in 1980. Martin lives in Greer, SC