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  • Concrete Examples
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring

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The beguiling concept of servant leadership has confused people ever since Robert K. Greenleaf first coined the term in his influential 1970 essay, “The Servant as Leader.” Many people mistakenly think that servant leaders are subservient cream puffs. Not true: Servant leaders have to be tough-minded people with impressive discipline, personal strength and enough backbone to decide to put others first. In their enlightening book, editors Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell showcase insightful and inspirational essays on servant leadership, often with a strong Christian perspective. If you find spiritual approaches to management issues helpful and interesting – and especially if you share the authors’ faith – you’ll find this leadership manual uplifting and useful. 

About the Authors

Leadership expert Ken Blanchard co-authored the best-selling The One Minute Manager. His books have combined book sales of more than 21 million copies in 42 languages. Renee Broadwell has been an editor with The Ken Blanchard Companies for more than 10 years.

 

Summary

Servant leaders serve others – not themselves.

The current leadership model is egregiously flawed. Many leaders today care only about dominance and power. They serve themselves – not others. The business world needs a different model of leadership in which leaders strive to serve a higher purpose. Servant leaders can positively change the world and make things better for everyone. Servant leadership represents “the power of love rather than the love of power.”

Servant leadership has two essential aspects:

  1. A purposeful direction – The leadership component of servant leadership.
  2. A carefully conceived implementation – The servant component of servant leadership.

Servant leaders influence their followers and help them attain their goals. However, servant leadership doesn’t only concern achieving goals; it rests on a meaningful vision. It connotes a corporate purpose, but, even more, it manifests the values that drive you. None of this works with self-serving leaders. By definiti0n, they care only...


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