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Compassionate Leadership: Rediscovering Jesus' Radical Leadership Style Hardcover – April, 2006

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From the Author

One of my special joys has been to co-labor with Dr. Ted Engstrom on "Compassionate Leadership". Since the publishing of the book a few weeks ago, my beloved friend Ted has died.

These few words that I share are meant to be a sincere tribute to Ted including some of the background of how the book came into being. Back in the 1980's, I wrote a book on the subject of "Servant Leadership" long before the subject became so trendy and popular. The book has long been out of print.

In recent years, a number of friends have encouraged me to update and republish the book. As I thought and prayed about it, I concluded that if I were to do that, I would like to co-write with another Christian leader who had written some outstanding material about effective Christian leadership.

As I thought and prayed further, Ted Engstrom came clearly into mind. Indeed, much of what I have learned about leadership over the years I have learned from Ted. We had been friends for over 40 years. As I prayerfully approached him, he readily agreed to do so.

Little did I know that this would be his last book - the 55th in a long tradition of writing with excellence.

Both Ted and I have prayed that God would use this book to encourage and strengthen many Christian leaders - especially younger, emerging leaders. Now that our brother Ted has completed his race so well, I continue with that prayer.

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When you hear the music of Johnny Cash, you can instinctively tell that he is a guru to emerging generations looking for someone who sings from the depth and breadth of a life-long experience. This book draws on the breadth and depth of wisdom of Ted Engstrom and Paul Cedar - two men whom I consider the leadership gurus and older mentors that today's emerging generation is looking for. Dan Kimball, Author, The Emerging Church

In an era of brash leaders, corporate raiders and harsh "take no prisoners" corporate models of leadership, Compassionate Leadership is an oasis of truth and reason that offers a radically different approach. Christian leaders should look first to these biblical principles of leadership before looking to the Fortune 500 for their role models. Rich Stearns PRESIDENT, WORLD VISION U. S.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830741887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830741885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Rotman on April 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In Compassionate Leadership the authors seek to show us that there is more to leadership than being the one that people follow. The example they use to show us this is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Matthew 20.28 tells us, "even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve." To be a leader is to really be a servant. This is where we get the term servant-leader. This is how Jesus lived his life and its evidenced by His generosity, belief in people, meeting of needs, encouraging of friends, getting excited about good things that happen to others, and his challenge to people to draw close to God. Ted and Paul tell us that these traits of Jesus' life are the steps to compassionate service...and compassionate leadership. This principles of compassionate leadership are grounded in the Word of God and only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we even remotely begin to understand what it means to be a servant-leader. This book is a step in the right direction to learning how to be a servant in the midst of our leadership. To learn this takes obedience and submission to the authority of Jesus Christ and God's Word. The authors list eight principles for us to learn:

1) Mastering the principles of servant leadership is essential if we are to fulfill our role,
2) Servant leadership begins with our attitude,
3) Love is essential for servant leadership,
4) Biblical models teach us how to be servant leaders,
5) The role of the good shepherd illustrates servant leadership,
6) Servant leaders must also know how to be servant followers,
7) Servant leaders are accountable to God,
8) Servant leaders must lead by choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Foster on February 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book that shows you how to look at your leadership skills and change them to a way conducive with the ways of Jesus Christ. Not only is this book for a Christian, but for any leader looking to lead their team, company or business. Wow! Someone said to me yesterday that a person is not born with compassion or sensitivity and he was very right. If you are high on your horse or riding a power trip...maybe you have a hard time getting people to see your point of view as a leader, then this book is for you and everyone underneath you. Get on the same page and become leaders together. I bought this book for my entire team and me. I want winners not whiners!!!! I am a compassionate leader, I just have to refine my qualities and this book is the one to do it!!! Buy it now!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lifelong Learner on July 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With all the years of leadership experience Engstrom and Cedar have, expecially in areas that demand compassion, this book was a big disappointment. I was hoping for a solid treatment of what "compassion" truly looks like in a leader and how one acquires it. Instead, much of the book was a rehash of leadership principles that can be found in their previous books, especially Engstrom. Evidently the book was edited by Norm Rohrer, which took something away from the possibility of interacting with heartfelt personal experiences of the authors. Both great leaders...not so great book.
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