In 1982, Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-Minute Manager, had a spiritual awakening and embraced Christianity, which he reports immeasurably improved his life. He and co-author Phil Hodges share their spiritual journey through teaching readers about servant leadership. They combine business, self-help and inspirational themes as they explain their approach. The biblical quotations and large text blocks can make the reading experience seem choppy, albeit worthwhile. Blanchard and Hodge’s discussion of applying faith to the work world speaks extensively of Christianity and its beliefs.
The modern world seeks to separate the spiritual from the secular.
Secular culture tends to address spiritual issues during religious services and ignore them otherwise. But people can live better lives if they are more spiritual. Each religious tradition has its ways of connecting with the divine; for Christians, this means connecting with Jesus. One way to become the best leader you can be is to follow the Bible's teachings that leadership is – before anything else – an “act of service.” Unless you serve others, you will never be a genuine leader.
Spiritual teachings offer guidance on how to lead.
People don’t always think of Jesus in terms of exemplifying leadership skills and demonstrating practices that remain relevant in today’s business world. However, Jesus had extensive experience dealing with issues similar to the ones modern managers confront routinely, including achieving goals while working with flawed peoples, identifying an unequivocal purpose, recruiting and training people to do specific tasks, dealing with those who sabotage and betray you, operating under...
Ken Blanchard, PhD, is co-founder and chief spiritual officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies and co-founder, with Phil Hodges, of The Center for FaithWalk Leadership, which does business as Lead Like Jesus. Blanchard co-authored The One-Minute Manager with Spencer Johnson.