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The Bible on Leadership: From Moses to Matthew -- Management Lessons for Contemporary Leaders Hardcover – June 18, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1st edition (June 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814406823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814406823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The Bible on Leadership" provides keen insights into management and stewardship from a timeless resource. -- Rabbi David Baron

"Woolfe provides a unique way to view the Bible- a leadership tool to be applied to the modern corporate world". -- Christian Retailing

"Woolfe provides a unique way to view the Bible-a leadership tool to be applied to the modern corporate world". -- Christian Reading

Lorin Woolfe boldly brings to life a key message: The Bible is the greatest leadership book for today's business leader. -- Larry S. Julian, Author of God is My CEO: Following God's Principles in a Bottom-Line World

Lorin Woolfe has built a sound and sturdy bridge between modern day business challenges and Biblical lessons. -- Laurie Beth Jones, Author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Jesus, Inc.

Rich in revelations and immediate applications.. a book to enlighten and inspire anyone called to lead-regardless of their personal faith -- HIGH HOLIDAYS, 2002 edition

This is a surprising and thought-provoking book. To find a reason to lead and succeed, start with this book. -- BookPage July 2002

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Christian Retailing: "Woolfe provides a unique way to view the Bible -- a leadership tool to be applied to the modern corporate world. Rich in business insight, readers will enjoy the leadership lessons gleaned by biblical and modern day readers."


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It should be incorporated into every business school curriculum.
G. Mcneill
Still, the book provided many excellent leadership lessons from the Bible and the current business world that were informative and relevant to leaders at all levels.
Matthew Dodd
I have titled my review "Surprisingly Well Done" because I frankly didn't expect the quality of reading I enjoyed in this book.
Roger E. Herman

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger E. Herman on May 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have titled my review "Surprisingly Well Done" because I frankly didn't expect the quality of reading I enjoyed in this book. I'll admit to being a bit jaundiced by one book after another comparing biblical characters and ancient historical figures like Attila the Hun to today's situations and leaders. But, if AMACOM, the publishing division of the American Management Association, is presenting this book, maybe there is some substance in these pages after all.
I opened the book with apprehension, half-expecting a Bible-thumping worship of religious heroes. Surprise! I was captivated right away by the almost conversational tone of the writing that pulled me in. The messages are much more "real," than pushy. The preachiness I feared did not materialize. Instead, lessons were shared on the fundamentals of leadership, with examples from Biblical characters and modern-day corporate and political leaders.
Woolfe is obviously quite conversant with the Bible, its stories, and its lessons. I am not, so I was frankly concerned that I wouldn't have the knowledge to relate to the book's teachings and message. I found that Woolfe described enough about each character and story that I understood. The people cited-Biblical and modern, are used as vehicles for Woolfe to make his points about ten attributes of leaders: honesty and integrity, purpose, kindness and compassion, humility, communication, performance management, team development, courage, justice and fairness, and leadership development.
As you read this book, expect to pause to reflect frequently. It will be a comfortable experience, rather than an unsettling challenge to your morals. Each chapter concludes with Biblical lessons on the theme of the chapter-not religious, Biblical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dodd on June 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a well-written, easy-to-read, "non-bible-thumping" biblical perspective on leadership that can be applied to today's modern business environment, you have found it.

Each of the ten chapters of this extensively-researched book focused on a different commonly-recognized leadership trait (honesty and integrity, purpose, kindness and compassion, humility, communication, performance management, team development, courage, justice and fairness, leadership development). Within each chapter, inter-related sub-chapters featured many leadership-related vignettes about biblical icons (Jesus, Moses, David, Solomon, etc.) and modern business leaders (Jack Welch (General Electric), Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines), Jack Stack (Springfield Remanufacturing), Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry's), etc.). The final page of each chapter was a summary listing of the biblical leadership lessons highlighted throughout the chapter.

I am not as great a student of the Bible as the author, and I believe my relative ignorance limited my appreciation of his impressive biblical knowledge and experience. I would have preferred a less ambitious approach with less diverse leadership material and more time spent setting up and presenting the Bible's 'case studies.' Still, the book provided many excellent leadership lessons from the Bible and the current business world that were informative and relevant to leaders at all levels.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don Blohowiak, PhD on November 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"The Bible," leadership development consultant Lorin Woolfe contends, is the "greatest collection of leadership case studies ever written." He postulates that Biblical tales provide modern managers with "tremendously useful and insightful lessons," because these ancient stories "form some of the major archetypes of our collective consciousness."
This well-researched book is rich with anecdotes from both antiquity and modernity illustrating both good and bad leadership. You'll find King David and Bill Gates; Queen Esther and Anita Roddick; Jesus and Jack Welch.
In drawing parallels between the leadership challenges chronicled in the Bible and those faced by today's leaders, Woolfe concludes that successful leadership, then and now, derives from a set of ten "traits and skills."
THE TEN LEADERSHIP IMPERATIVES
Lorin Woolfe (or his editor) had the good sense and judgment not to do what I'm going to do: Present his ten lessons, as drawn from the Judeo/Christian Bible, in the following cliche manner.
1. Thou shalt deal with thine followers with Honesty and Integrity.
2. Thou shalt lead from a clear Purpose.
3. Thou shalt treat all others with Kindness and Compassion.
4. Thou shalt lead with Humility.
5. Thou shalt master effective Communication.
6. Thou shalt effect results by deploying Performance Management for thine colleagues.
7. Thou shalt improve performance of thine operation through Team Development.
8. Thou shalt demonstrate Courage in all thine affairs.
9. Thou shalt deal with all others with Justice and Fairness.
10. Thou shalt assureth continuity by giving priority to Leadership Development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meg F. Schneider on October 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lorin Woolfe does a masterful job of exploring the bible for themes that should have relevance for both today's leaders and those aspiring to climb the proverbial ladder of success. Concentrating on everything from integrity, to team building to exhibiting fairness he explores the old and new testaments for shining examples of truely courageous leadership and draws parallels to modern day figures. In doing so he lends deeper meaning to such issues as finding "purpose", "effective communication" and "humility" in the workplace. It is an inspiring read for anyone yearning to travel his or her path with wisdom and fortitude.
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