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Black Belt Leader, Peaceful Leader: An Introduction to Catholic Servant Leadership Hardcover – October 31, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Asogomi Publishing International (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976862794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976862796
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,489,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Other than an occasional quote from a notable Catholic, there is very little here that connects tenets the Catholic faith to the practice of leadership. Likewise, there is only one substantive reference to Robert Greenleaf's "Servant Leadership." In sum then, the subtitle "An Introduction to Catholic Servant Leadership" is really dishonest.
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Skillfully blending the teachings of Aikido with the truths of Roman Catholicism, Tim Warneka has put together a wonderful leadership guide in "Black Belt Leader, Peaceful Leader." While the subtitle of the book alludes to Catholic Servant Leadership, Warneka's book applies to all leaders, Catholic or otherwise. Warneka breaks down key elements of leadership and then puts them in perspectives that the average reader can identify with. From learning to slow down in order to get faster results to practicing P.E.A.C.E., Warneka gives the reader a solid basis for better leadership skills.

The only shortcoming of this book that I found was that I felt a couple of the chapters could have gone into a bit more depth of explanation. With that said, however, Warneka makes it clear that his book is a growing and changing creature. I look forward to future editions of this book as its author grows in wisdom.

The fact that Aikido is blended into Roman Catholicism might worry some, but know that Warneka's use of the martial art only enhances the power and truth of Catholicism.

With excellent quotes throughout and as a solid foundation of further study, I highly recommend "Black Belt Leader, Peaceful Leader" to anyone in any station of authority. From finance officers to fathers, everybody can learn something from this book.
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I used to roll my eyes when I thought of leadership. I can't help it. Years in FFA and then as a full-fledged overachiever in college left me burnt out and with a bad taste in my mouth about leadership. Isn't "leadership" just a code word for "getting people to do more and more and MORE"?

Well, as it turns out, no, it's not. Being a leader doesn't mean being on the edge of overcommitted. It isn't another name for boss's pet.

I started to learn this, I think, at about the halfway point of my master's program. Maybe it was having to juggle all that reading or maybe it was the experiences of all of the group projects we did. (Ahh, the good ole days of b-school. I'm getting the starts of a caffeine attack just thinking about it...)

When I started Warneka's book, I was afraid. I wanted to like it...but I was quite sure it would be more of the fuzzy-overworked-impossible medicine I had rejected from other leadership materials. I was pretty sure he had put a Catholic moniker on concepts that had nothing, in my mind, to do with leadership.

I was gloriously, wonderfully, joyfully...WRONG.

Warneka approaches leadership in a way that reminds me of Cesar Milan (of Dog Whisperer fame and whose book I'll be reading soon) or Dr. Ray Guarendi (whose book captured me a few months ago). It's not a long book, because Warneka doesn't beat around the bush or use fancy phrasing.

I don't know a thing about martial arts, and I've never heard of Aikido. But I know that this little book has changed my approach to leadership and has made me pay attention to making a habit of Catholic leadership.
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