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Black Belt Leader, Peaceful Leader: An Introduction to Catholic Servant Leadership Hardcover – October 31, 2007
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Peaceful Leader is excellent reinforcement for the teacher who wants to be a better student and the student who wants to be a better teacher. Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by M. Betschart
Don't be put off by the book being for "Catholic" leaders - this is truly one of those cases where it the word means "universal," - in other words, I recommend this book for all... Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by Amazon Customer