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Leading People from the MIddle: The Universal Mission of Heart and Mind Hardcover – September 1, 2002

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Editorial Reviews


Robinson alerts us to the serious changes taking place in a leader's job...Good stuff! -- Max DePree, author of Leadership Jazz

Robinson presents serious ideas packaged with a marvelous sense of humor. Key points are broken out in clearly delineated form. -- Al Erisman, Ethix Bulletin, Issue 21,January-February, 2003

Those who share Robinson's vision of leadership will be free to be graceful and grateful leaders... -- George R. Nethercutt Jr., congressman, United States House of Representatives

About the Author

Robinson assumed his duties as the 17th president of Whitworth College in July 1993, after previously serving for seven years as president of Manchester College in Indiana. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, his master’s degree from Wheaton College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He also did postgraduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and the Moody Bible Institute. His scholarly work focused on organizational, small-group, cross-cultural and interpersonal communication. Since arriving at Whitworth, Robinson has focused on expanding the college’s financial resource base, improving communication and organizational structure on campus, and opening up lines of communication with college constituents. For the past five years, undergraduate enrollment has been at capacity, the academic profile and student retention numbers are at all-time highs, and several major capital projects have been completed. In a! ddition to his college responsibilities, Robinson is immediate past chair of the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of Princeton Theological Seminary, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities and the Spokane Symphony. Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Executive Excellence Publishing (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930771258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930771253
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Orwig on September 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As an organizational communication scholar and college president for the past 16 years, Dr. Bill Robinson writes with authority about the serious leadership demands of 21st-century organizations. But he never takes himself too seriously.
This highly readable book is filled with colorful, and often humorous, stories of the author's own rich experience practicing the paradoxical leadership that is necessary to effectively lead today's more federated, adaptive and highly connected organizations.
After an interesting survey of leadership theories and how they relate, or don't relate, to the changes in organizations over the past century, Dr. Robinson zeroes in on the essential traits of 21st-century leaders: paradoxical, secure, inspiring, communicative, virtuous and driven. He ends the book with two helpful chapters on how leaders can successfully change their leadership styles to adopt some of these traits.
The title hints at what sets the book, and Dr. Robinson's vision of leadership, apart: Leaders succeed when they connect with the mission and the people at the heart of their organizations and when they join with those they lead in moving the organization forward rather than insisting on being out front or above.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Ellis on October 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Bill Robinsons book on leading from the middle puts into perspective the real spiritual, moral, and ethical attributes of what a good leader is all about. It is refreshing to read a book that blends the Christian faith with everyday life. Really following in the foosteps of Jesus at work and at home is what we all should aspire to do and Bill's book gives a great guideline to follow. This is truly the book of all books that leaders in any walk of life should read to gain the basis for their leadership roles.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bradley J Simcox on November 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Why even go to college when you can get an entire education on leadership by just reading one book? Bill Robinson is a visionary leader focused on carrying-out constructive dialogue about the important issues faced by the leaders of our modern, complex organizations. He brings years of experience to light in this easy-to-read and often entertaining (can a leadership book be entertaining?) book. A great choice for those who are seeking to answer the tough questions that riddle our minds when faced with challenges in our lives as leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MARK on March 9, 2011
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Provides a valuable tool for manipulating people in a non-manipulative manner. It recognizes the value of an organization to everyone involved with it. It also gives an understanding of what lies ahead for leadership in the 21st century.
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