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Servant Leadership Workshops for the Education Industry

"Whoever wishes to be great among you must be a servant of others."
Matthew 20:26

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In his 40+ years serving in education,

Charles E. Wheaton, Ph.D. has had the opportunity to work in nine different school districts of both large and small sizes serving as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, curriculum and professional development director, special programs director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Wheaton is an avid student of effective leadership practices and has had the privilege to author curriculum, a teacher evaluation manual, several leadership articles, and a dissertation on servant leadership and the public school superintendent through Gonzaga University (1999). He has also taught college courses on supervision, leadership, school finance, and current issues in education and has presented on leadership topics at national, state, and local conferences. He has demonstrated his dedication to service and social justice through his profession, community, and contributions to scholarly work. Please view Wheaton's full resume here.

Services

Wheaton is able to facilitate or present workshops in the area of educational leadership with an emphasis on Servant Leadership.

Servant Leadership

The phrase “Servant Leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, he said:

"The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature."

"The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?"

The qualities that are emphasized by those who strive to lead as servant leaders are:

  • LISTENING
  • EMPATHY
  • FORESIGHT
  • AWARENESS
  • PERSUASION
  • REFLECTION
  • HEALING
  • TEAMWORK
  • CONCEPTUALIZATION
  • STEWARDSHIP

Published articles:

At Your Service - Lessons in Leadership - Charles E. Wheaton, Ph.D.

"How Does a Small Private University on the Yakama Sovereign Indian Nation Implement Online Education?" October 2014

"Is the World of Education Ready for the Future?" March 2014

Servant Leadership in “Curriculum in Context” and “Personal Excellence,” 2002.

The Beaver Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, “Curriculum in Context,” Winter 2005.

High School Athletics - Is the Tail Wagging the Dog? “Leadership Information,” Spring 2005.

Where is family structure in the WASL/AYP results? “Leadership Information,” Spring 2006.

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger “The Living Pulpit,” January 2007.