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The Heart of Houston: Lessons In Service Leadership

Houston has been known by many monikers since its founding in 1836, but one of the most profound characteristics of this energetic, diverse and positive city is its open, giving heart. Servant leadership is a management style that focuses on people, work and community spirit with a deep understanding of identity, vision and environment.

Doing things right and doing the right thing: One speaks of being efficient and the other of being a leader. It is more important to be a leader with integrity than an efficient leader without it. -Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

The Heart of Houston (BRIGHT SKY PRESS) explores ways in which we can create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. Laurence, known as Larry in the community, introduces a collection of essays on servant leadership by men and women across the broad spectrum of Houston’s sectors. The Heart of Houston includes a foreword by Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Rice University Sociology Professor and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, about the ways Houston exemplifies this philosophy. Twenty-one essays come from five impactful sectors within Houston: business, community, education, religion and healthcare. They include religious leaders like Rabbi Samuel Karff, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel; civic and literacy champions like former first lady Andrea White; and other Houstonians like Jim Kollaer, former CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, whose impact emanates from their service to the community. They exemplify the idea that the world is not solely about I or you, it is about the togetherness of us.

LAURENCE “Larry” J. PAYNE is host and producer of Dialogue Houston, a community affairs program on HCC-TV, CH19; and host of Interchange talk show on Public Radio 1230 AM, both in their fifteenth season. He serves his beloved Houston as board member and past president of Houston Graduate School of Theology; Institute for Spirituality and Health; Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston; CHILDREN AT RISK; Education Foundation of Harris County; SER-Niños Public Charter School and The Social Justice Committee of his Alma Mater, University of St. Thomas.

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