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Lead on Purpose Paperback – September 11, 2014
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More About the Author
He lives with his wife, Michele, in Chesapeake, Virginia. He consults with non-profit organizations, churches and businesses to help them accomplish their mission - efficiently and effectively.
He was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from high school Blakeslee enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he entered the Submarine Service. He advanced to Chief Petty Officer and served on board three nuclear powered submarines as the Leading Engineering Laboratory Technician and an Engineering Watch Supervisor. Blakeslee was a highly decorated sailor, including four Navy Achievement Medals.
Before the start of Desert Storm, Blakeslee was assigned to the U. S. Navy's Leadership Development Program (NLDP) as an instructor. He taught hundreds of first time managers and mentored them as they transitioned from worker to leader. He later joined the instructor school for the leadership program, where he was consistently singled out by officer and senior enlisted students as a premiere instructor and leader. Blakeslee was awarded the Master Training Specialist for his work in the Leadership Instructor School.
He developed curriculum for the pilot course for the Navy's Total Quality Management (TQM) Program. Blakeslee taught the pilot course before he deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield.
Blakeslee served as the Lead Pastor and Executive Pastor of five churches. He was the Director of Operations for the Baptist Bible Fellowship International and on the faculty and administration of Baptist Bible College and Graduate School. He is currently serving as a Pastor at the Point Harbor Community Church in Virginia.
Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the allegory that the lessons in this book were centered around. Blakeslee has written an excellent resource built around solid, leadership research and teaching. This is what it takes to be a leader and how to lead well.
The second part of the book contains the model he uses in the story section and the charts found throughout the book are explained in more detail.
If you knew the situation and circumstances that made me seek out this book then you'll understand how much you need the knowledge contained in this book on leadership. I have been comfortably being a good background motivator for years. I envied leadership positions and persons thinking that they were missing a thing or two in their leadership style. After like 4 years I was promoted into management and given a major section to handle. It was a happy-confusing event.
I had to seek all types of advice from people I can trust, I got a lot of support and recommendations. I followed these all. I must say I learnt a lot from those too. This kind of summarised all I should know and have known. It also pacified me and helped develop my confidence (which it will tell you is very important).
The allegory is priceless. I wish I read this book first, well better late than never. I like the strong and encouraging voice that Daniel uses throughout this book. Not only did he use a soft easy to understand language, he made the write up quite easy to visualize thus aiding comprehension.
This is a five-star bestseller meant for people with a passion for leading right. People who want to understand what their leaders pass through can also read this up. It is truely inspiring.
I have come across far too many leadership books that feel like a chore to read and are simply boring. With ‘Lead on Purpose’ I didn’t feel this way at all and can definitely say that I learned a lot more than I was expecting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“Lead on Purpose” is a great read. It’s full of practical ideas on how to lead better than the status quo. I would suggest for any leader to read.Published 1 month ago by Thomas H. Thomasson
Love this book! Leading while keeping an overall purpose in mind and constantly reflecting on your leadership style is super important. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Allan
Much needed topic discussed in simple words & way by someone who has vast experience in it and who knows what he speaking about. Read morePublished 3 months ago by clark