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Overview Discover proven leadership strategies from the greatest leader of all time! Written as an enlightening parable, this unique guide interweaves successful leadership methods with character development principles based on the teachings of Jesus. Learn to fulfill your calling---and help others do the same!---whether you're a CEO, pastor, parent, or any type of leader.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.73" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 1999
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578563089 ISBN13 9781578563081
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More About Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels & Phil Hodges
Ken Blanchard is chief spiritual officer and chairman of the board of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a worldwide training and development firm. He is the author of a dozen bestselling books -- including the blockbuster international bestseller "The One Minute Manager" and the giant business bestsellers "Whale Done!, Raving Fans, " and "Gung Ho!" -- which have combined sales of more than thirteen million copies in more than twenty-five languages. Few people have had a more positive and lasting impact on the day-to-day management of people and companies than Ken Blanchard. He and his wife Margie live in San Diego and work with their son Scott, daughter Debbie, and her husband Humberto Medina.
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Perpetuates Stereotypes Jan 31, 2005
As a professor of leadership myself, I am struck by how this book perpetuates stereotypes.
The first stereotype is about the role of women. The wives in the book are nothing more than interchangable helpmates who provide nice homes and emotional support. I suspect that during the editing process it was suggested that the women be assigned degrees and "jobettes"...but even so, it is clearly the men who make thing happen and who sit and ponder the Great Ideas for the book's conclusions. The women are supporting characters, and reinforce the stereotype that leadership is a game for men.
A similar stereotype exists about the nature of jobs. In the book it is the business person who lets his job pressures and focus on the bottom line get the better of him. This same scenario has been played out time and time again in discussing the work/life balance to the point of it being a cliche.
In addition, the main characters seem to perpetuate a stereotype of a "dominant culture" in which the world is full of happily married white-collar suburban couples (who I would bet are Caucasian), with husbands who play golf, and who have the cash to buy vacation homes.
When combined with the Christian perspective, one is left to wonder whether Christianity is solely relevant to these stereotypes of people. I would have hoped for broader thinking from authors with such credentials.
weLEAD Book Review from the Editor of leadingtoday.org Dec 22, 2004
This is a unique book in both its purpose and style. Blanchard, Hybels and Hodges set out to teach servant-leadership by returning to its religious roots. Leadership by the Book is written in the form of a parable or story. It portrays the interaction of three different leaders: a professor, minister and young business professional. The purpose of the book is to teach management skills and ethics by examining the example of Christianity's founder, Jesus Christ. As the authors state in the introduction, "We believe there is a perfect practitioner and teacher of effective leadership. That person is Jesus of Nazareth, who embodied the heart and methods of a fully committed and effective servant leader."
However, this book is not intended to be either sectarian or a promotional treatise on Christianity and its founder. The authors continue, "In this book we invite students of leadership from all faiths, cultures and experience to take another look at the leadership genius of Jesus." Throughout the text Blanchard, Hybels and Hodges endeavor to cite various examples of Jesus Christ as a source for learning valuable lessons in effective leadership. They also suggest basic strategies for bringing values and vision to any organization.
Many books written on servant leadership are authored by intellectuals who make this essential philosophy difficult to grasp and appreciate. This book is different. Leadership by the Book can be called a primer on servant leadership and is written in an easy to understand linguistic style. Don't let the number of pages fool you. With large print and generous word spacing, it can easily be read in one or two sittings.
Very Slow Story! Oct 6, 2003
I was absolutely bored to tears while reading this book. I think that a lot of the suggestions towards better leadership are very well intentioned and are good ideas, but it is very heavy in religion. If you are a strong believer in JC then this book might appeal to you. I was sick of the many religious references by page 30. The story was also poorly written. I found myself having to re-read portions of the book to understand the point. The only thing I will remember from this book is EGO (you'll get it once you've read it).
Another great Blanchard book Aug 3, 2003
Leaderhsip By The Book is another in a great string of management books. While many books scratch the surface of management and other delve into the minute details, Blanchard and his co-writers deliver practical, useable ideas in a common-sense manner that will allow the brightest of managers see new insights and the newest of managers see the bigger picture of the challenges ahead of them. The story is told in parable format, similar to Raving Fans and Gung Ho (two books referred to within LBTB), which allows Blanchard, et al. to tell the story of a hard-charging businessman who had built a solid foundation for his direction and effort and had lost his way getting caught up in the fever of big business and big EGO. I'm confident most managers can identify with some of the mistakes made by Michael, the good guy that gets turned around, has a heart attack and finds his way back. The heart attack is symbolic of what often confronts leaders that allows them to see the wrong choices they make that are casued by EGO or other motivators that are not aligned with the idea espoused in this book called servant leadership. You have to read this book. I am leading a leadership program at work and this book is the capstone of the program. Buy it and get a copy for all your employees who are in the position of leadership, whether in management positions or line positions.
Let there be leaders Jun 25, 2003
This is yet another parable by Ken Blanchard in his characteristic style for driving home powerful messages. This story is around Michael the executive and his friends the minister and the professor. It clearly brings out the pressures experienced by a high-flying executive in his pursuit of success, that soon he loses his links with friends and guidance from the Lord.
Business leaders tend to assume themselves as masters to get things done through lesser mortals to achieve business goals. Their egos start bloating, denying them the true unconditional love bestowed on us by the Lord. EGO is aptly described here as "Edging God out".
The leadership model as described in this book is based on Jesus and, in my opinion has not been discussed in most management books on the topic.
Let there be leaders....who lead as servants of the Lord.
Highly recommended for all men and women who would like to lead in leading.