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Overview Readers who benefited from Hunter's bestselling 2001 parable The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership will enjoy this follow-up, which fleshes out some of the principles of servant leadership discussed in the earlier book. (For that reason, it also works as a stand-alone book for those who have not read The Servant or those who find straight advice literature more helpful than allegories.) Effective leadership, Hunter states, is about relationships, not coercive power; leadership development and character development are one and the same. The book's ideas are solid and the anecdotes helpful: Hunter trots out examples ranging from Southwest Airlines and General Electric to the U.S. military and professional football. The book draws on Christian themes but in a soft, understated way. One strong element is Hunter's attention to the history of different management styles in the 20th century, assessing what worked at the time and what needs to change for our era. Since business books tend to be myopically ahistorical, Hunter's glimpses of the past are refreshing and instructive. While some readers will be put off by the book's oral-style presentation-complete with overused exclamation points and rhetorical questions-others may find that the style contributes to the book's conversational and accessible tone. Copyright (C) Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Publishers Description Author and consultant James Hunter believes that-in the midst of numerous national corporate scandals-leaders must take a fresh look at leadership through the lens of some very ancient principles. Leadership that is authentic and effective is "servant" leadership-following the principles revealed in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ: " "Recently it struck me that if love changes people, which I know it does, it would seem to follow that God is the source of change and growth because He is love. Put another way, when people begin loving others through their efforts and behavior, God has the opportunity to work in the lives of both the giver and the receiver." "In his new book, "The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle, "Hunter demonstrates that leadership and character development are one. But the work, and even the pain, of changing one's self-breaking old, worn-out habits-is not easy. Hunter provides an uncomplicated, straightforward, three-step change process he has seen successfully employed by literally thousands of leaders to effect change in their lives and organizations and fulfill beneficial goals. This groundbreaking book will open the eyes of frustrated, disheartened leaders at every level and foster change for good at the personal, organizational, and societal level.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.37" Width: 5.73" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 29, 2004
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578569753 ISBN13 9781578569755
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More About James C. Hunter
James C. Hunter is principal consultant of J. D. Hunter Associates, a labor relations and training consulting firm located near Detroit. He is a sought-after public speaker and trainer primarily in the areas of servant leadership and community (team) building. He resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter and can be reached online at www.jameshunter.com.
James C. Hunter currently resides in the state of Michigan.
Reviews - What do customers think about The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader?
Excellent Book Sep 8, 2008
This is an excellent book for looking at things in a different light and realizing you do have more control on the outcomes of almost all situations. The book suppports the belief that people can change if they want to. A good book for business as well as everyday living.
Lacking Jul 9, 2008
No research to back opinion... Lacking a framework. Fun to read and sounds warm and fuzzy, but...
Got personal courage? Read this! Mar 21, 2008
After Jim wrote The Servant, he was bombarded with questions! How does a person become a servant leader? That lead to the writing of this "how to" book. If you haven't read The Servant, don't despair, Jim provides a review of the concepts and benefits of this type of leadership. Then with both inspiration and detail, he shares how to move forward and become a real servant leader. It is not a process for the faint of heart. For example, he asks the leader to get feedback from their associates. The book gives you the actual feedback form to distribute. Once the results are in, the leader is asked to thank their team members and tell them specifically what the leader has chosen to improve. This takes some guts!
If you are a leader in a social organization, a non-profit, at work or in a club and you are interested in leading with your heart and spirit, give this book a try. You won't be disappointed.
The Leadership Principle - Something to read - A life Application! Jan 30, 2008
I am an avid reader of leadership books; this one is at the top of my list! James Hunter does a wonderful job at laying out the principles of true leadership, Servant Leadership. He will tell you (I have attended one of his workshops too) that these are all things we know and have been taught and caught for centuries, he just puts it all together. The way Jim puts it together is great and really hits to the core if you apply it (personally and in your relationships). Jim stresses that Leadership development and character development are one.
This is a sequel to his first book The Servant, which lays out all of the same principles in a story form. This book is more of a how to or a map of the Servant Leadership principles for those that want to read some more and get a process with instructions. Reading is good, but the book ends with a chapter on implementation and a challenge that only 10 percent of learners, really learn. The challenge is to not just read this book, but to become engaged in the principles and values that this book communicates, truly work on yourself and commit the material to real learning (behavioral changes).
It my have just been a timing thing for me (a point ready to learn) but this book changed my outlook and habits to grow as a Servant Leader. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm working at it daily (read the book, you'll understand).
Excellent Book Jan 21, 2008
James Hunter has produced a well written, to the point book on what it means to be a REAL leader. I would also recommend "Launching A Leadership Revolution" by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. The combination of these two books is everything you need to become the leader you should be.