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Focus on Leadership: Servant-Leadership for the 21st Century [Hardcover]

By Larry C. Spears (Author), Michele Lawrence (Joint Author) & Ken Blanchard (Foreword by)
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Examines the role of servant-leadership in today's world through twenty-five essays from various authors, including Ken Blanchard and Stephen Covey, with a special focus on servant-leadership in organizational and business settings.

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This collection of inspiring essays focuses on the practice of servant-leadership in organizational and business settings. Focus on Leadership addresses how servant-leadership is now increasingly recognized as being on the forefront of emerging leadership thinking. This book features a Foreword by Ken Blanchard as well as writing from:
Hamilton Beazley * Julie Beggs * Warren Bennis * Ken Blanchard * John C. Bogle * Rubye Howard Braye * John Burkhardt * John Carver * Stephen R. Covey * Max DePree * K. Brian Dorval * Kent A. Farnsworth * Tamyra L. Freeman * Robert K. Greenleaf * Dee Hock * Scott G. Isaksen * Joseph Jaworski * Michael Jones * Ann McGee-Cooper * Russ S. Moxley * Nancy Larner Ruschman * John P. Schuster * James D. Showkeir * Ruth Mercedes Smith * Larry C. Spears * Duane Trammell * David S. Young * Scott W. Webster * Margaret Wheatley * Judy Wicks * Lea E. Williams * Danah Zohar

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Studio: Wiley
Pages   396
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.54" Width: 6.47" Height: 1.16"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2001
Publisher   Wiley
ISBN  0471411620  
ISBN13  9780471411628  

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LARRY C. SPEARS is Executive Director of The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, which is dedicated to spreading the message of servant-leadership originated by Mr. Greenleaf. Robert K. Greenleaf (1904-1990) was Director of Management Research at AT&T and a visiting lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management and at the Harvard Business School.

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2Books > Subjects > Business & Investing > Management & Leadership > Leadership
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Servant-Leadership  Jun 2, 2008
Robert Greenleaf defined servant-leadership. Focus on Leadership, published by the Grealeaf Center, builds on the concepts Greenleaf established. The book is divided into four sections and each section explores a different concept of servant-leadership: individual, workplace, community and world. Servant-leadership is not just serving those one leads, it arises from a heart of service and choice to lead, and is different from management. The book provides an excellent foundation for servant-leadership, and one cannot help evaluating his or her own leadership style while reading.
Interesting take on some prominent leaders  Dec 8, 2006
I. Bibliographical Entry

Marquardt, M.J. and Berger, N.O. Global Leaders for the 21st Century. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2000.

II. Biographical Sketch of Author
Dr. Michael Marquardt holds an Ed.D. from The George Washington University and is a well-known author on global leadership and organizational change. A leadership consultant, he has done consulting work for many of the companies and mentioned in this work, including Singapore Airlines, Cisco Systems, and Nokia. Nancy Berger is a former assistant professor of human resources development at George Washington University and is the coordinator of an adult education and human resources development program at Virginia Commonwealth University. This student found little information about Berger's education or scholarly work.

III. Summary of Contents
Global Leaders for the 21st Century profiles twelve leaders in diverse leadership positions around the world. Each leader is profiled through the framework of 8 "critical competencies" outlined in the text: 1) a global mindset, 2) learning and teaching skills, 3) a servant-steward relationship to one's organization, 4) systems thinking, 5) spirituality and a concern for ethics, 6) a willingness to embrace new technologies, 7) innovation and risk-taking, and 8) vision-building.
Each chapter deals with one of the twelve leaders, and each offers praise of the leaders' ability to lead in the current dynamic environment and posits them as potential great leaders of the 21st century. The structure is somewhat fluid given the 12x8 framework presented in chapter one. This fluidity allows the writers to focus on critical areas of each leaders' achievements and leadership skill without overdoing a "cookie-cutter" approach.

IV. Critical Evaluation
This work provides insight into some very prominent leaders in today's global environment. From political leaders to nonprofit leaders to corporate leaders, assessment using the 8-item framework allows the reader to analyze each leader in a uniform manner. These eight critical competencies are, however, difficult to quantitatively measure, which opens the work to criticism. For example, the fourth critical competency, a global mindset, may be measured differently for Kofi Annan than for Nobuyuki Idei based on their individual beliefs and backgrounds. Aside from measurement issues, the critical competencies have identification issues. No research is offered as to why or how the competencies are selected.

Review of Marquardt's biography reveals potential bias in that he has been paid for consulting work by many of the companies and countries whose leaders are identified in this work. The extensive use of charts and graphs on some of these companies and countries seems indicative of this consulting relationship. On the contrary, review of Berger's biography reveals very little. Aside from identification of her current position at Virginia Commonwealth University, this student was unable to find any other books or scholarly articles of Berger.

Finally, many of the leaders and organizations profiled in this work have experienced controversy and conflict since the work's publication in 2000. While it is true that no prominent leader avoids conflict and controversy altogether, the number of those affected by controversy and the magnitude of the controversy is striking: Lord John Browne of BP Amoco's handling of a refinery explosion in Texas in 2005, along with the Prudhoe Bay pipeline shutdown of 2006; Kofi Annan's handling of the Ruud Lubber sexual harassment case in 2004, and administration of the UN food for oil program in 2004; and John Chambers' settlement of a major class action lawsuit with Cisco stockholders in 2001 are a few examples of what many would deem leadership failures. Those in the fields of leadership, management, and policy development could benefit from this work.
are you ready for servant-leadership?  Dec 4, 2001
It's difficult to keep up with the new business management theories that come up, so I tend to shy away from most of them. Of course, if Peter Drucker writes something I'm quick to pounce on it. That being said, it was the status of the contributors themselves that lured me in to this great overview and analysis of servant-leadership. Stephen R. Covey and Ken Blanchard ("One-Minute Manager", "Who Moved My Cheese") offer great insight into a concept that actually has been around since the 1970's! Employee welfare is not to be undermined! If Stephen Covey already knows this, shouldn't we all get the clue? Recommended!

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