Item description for The Leadership Paradox: A Challenge to Servant Leadership in a Power-Hungry World (Discipleship Essentials) by Denny Gunderson...
Overview What is the key to effective leadership? * The ability to organize and take charge? * The ability to preach and teach? * Entrepreneurial skill? * A charismatic personality? According to Jesus, none of the above. This book challenges us to servant leadership in a power hungry world, and breaks leadership stereotypes. This refreshingly candid book draws us to the Master's side, where we discover surprising insights that will challenge our thinking about leadership. Study guide for each chapter included.
Publishers Description "Loren Cunningham's dream began with a vision--waves of young people moving out across the continents announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Decades later, Loren's vision has grown into an interdenominational movement of Christians from around the world who are dedicated to presenting the gospel to this generation. Loren speaks and teaches internationally, and his missionary travels have taken him to every nation on earth. What is the key to effective leadership? The ability to organize and take charge? The ability to preach and teach? A charismatic personality? This refreshingly candid book draws us to the Master's side, where we discover surprising insights that will challenge our leadership stereotypes. Study guide included.
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Studio: YWAM Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher YWAM Publishing
Series Discipleship Essentials
ISBN 1576583791 ISBN13 9781576583791
Reviews - What do customers think about The Leadership Paradox: A Challenge to Servant Leadership in a Power-Hungry World (Discipleship Essentials)?
Not at all a disappointment-it's a gripping book Oct 18, 2005
This is probably my favorite book on leadership issues. First, it lays you out...Gunderson draws you in with a great story that is interesting and then drops the bomb...the point that brings conviction of a character defect.
As a pastor who has been training leaders for years, this is a GREAT book!. It's not at all like other leadership books. If you are studying leadership issues, read this book!
He starts out not with the popular definitions of leadership that Maxwell and others use...like 'leadership is influence'. He starts with Jesus' definition of leadership...that if you want to be a great leader you must be a servant of all. He breaks down the etymology of the Greek word for servant in that verse and applies the etymology of that word in a story like fashion. It is possible to dive into the land of etymological fallacies when one does this, but I don't think that Gunderson commits that sin. He's careful to say that the word servant shares similar roots...but never crosses the line of etymological fallacy.
(See Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson if you aren't sure what I'm talking about-it has to do with popular writing and preaching that abuses language components in Greek to make fine sounding arguments). I think that Gunderson has managed to use language components well withough violating grammatical/lexical rules. Very well done!!
There is depth of thought and enjoyable reading all blended together. It's like sitting by a fire listening to great stories which have even greater points to them.
I thought the one reviewer who kinda blasted this book had some good points, but really did not give a high enough rating for this wonderful little book...that has helped me in leadership issues more than any other book I own...including all of the fine Maxwell materials I own.
This is one for leaders to use in training other leaders.
Great Read Mar 4, 2005
This is a great read for anyone in "leadership" in churches or considering getting into it. It's excellent because it's a short, to the point read. He uses excellent biblical examples of Christ's true leadership and what it means for the church today. Pick this book up for anyone you know who's in any leadership role...
True Leadership at it's best Jun 8, 2004
This book deals with concepts that are forgotten but very much real. If our leaders today would exhibit the attributes and values put forth in this book, our institutions and country would be much more successful in the everyday affairs. In a "me first"world we are losing sight of the value of true servant leadership.
Excellent and balanced book Feb 10, 2004
I thought this book was an excellent and balanced book. It is easy to read and was profound. Well worth reading - I have read it 3 or 4 times now.
Disappointing Jul 21, 2003
Thankfully, Gunderson avoids writing another tome on the three pitfalls of leadership, wealth, women and glory and strikes at the heart of what it means to be a servant leader. The book is based around ten core servant leader principles.
It is an easy read, but a profound one. Denny points to the failure of church leadership to put into practice the teaching and example of servant leadership left to us by Jesus. For instance, his observation of how pastors quickly form a pecking order as being in direct violation of the biblical injunction not to show favoritism. This was not an isolated insight. In each chapter Denny takes the gloves off to point you the glaring contradictions between what occurs in church leadership and the teaching of Jesus.
This book is not without fault. Denny does not address his experience in the collapse of North Seattle Christian Center under the weight of the unbiblical Discipleship Movement of the 1970s. That experience colors every page of this book.
He does not understand leadership, again and again he defines leadership in terms of position and title. Leadership, as John Maxwell says, is influence: nothing more, nothing less. Those who influence for good or ill, are leaders whether they have a title or not. Positional leadership is the lowest level of leadership.
His logic is flawed. He commits the informal fallacy of building a straw man. A straw man is an argument that bears little resemblance to reality, but can be readily knocked down. Let me give you two examples: The hierarchal chart of a typical denomination found on page 27, pray tell, where does this structure exist? It doesnt. Yes, we tend to want to establish a hierarchy, but it is seldom that simple. Another straw man is the argument that Bible colleges and seminaries teach an authoritarian model of leadership. He fails here in two points. First, most Bible colleges dont teach leadership at all, authoritarian or otherwise. Second, the majority who do, more often than not teach the enabler model of passive, indirect leadership.
There is no such thing as a leadership vacuum. There is no such thing a team leadership without a leader (cf. Chapter Ten). Even in the business community where team leadership is extensively used, there is always a leader. The facilitator (enabler) model of leadership has proven to be a failure. Leaders lead.
Nevertheless, the book was helpful. It reminded me again of the various ways we can exclude people, seek after self-glory and dominate others without realizing what we are doing. The chapter on tolerance and acceptance was a revelation. In this age of political correctness, it is must reading for every Christian.