Starsky Wilson on Servant Leadership

August 23, 2023  • Aspen Global Leadership Network

“What I actually desire is to be with you in the difficult moments of struggle. And the word I prefer is not leadership, but servanthood. Servants: those who stand among the people and model with the people faithfulness to the vision of the future.”

– Starsky Wilson, President, Children’s Defense Fund

“If we seek to get to our beloved community, and what is ain’t that, then what might be the risks?” This is the central question that Starsky Wilson, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, addresses in his sweeping talk. Hear how he navigated this call for leadership when he led Missouri’s Ferguson Truth Commission in the wake of the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014 and dealt with various risks that came along with stepping up for a fractured community.