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The Heart of an Executive: Lessons on leadership from the life of King David Hardcover – January 19, 1999


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"For centuries thoughtful people have been drawing direction and inspiration from the Bible. In this fresh look at the life, trials, failures and victories of Israel's great King David, Richard Phillips lays out the leadership principles that enabled David to be the successful executive he was and that are equally valid today. Any person with any leadership responsibilities at all will profit from a careful reading of this perceptive and uplifting study."
--James M. Boice, President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

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The Heart of an Executive chronicles the career of David, one of the best-known figures in the Bible, from his humble origins as a shepherd boy to his slaying of the giant Goliath, to his triumphant crowning success as king of Israel.

David's story is that of a career executive, and in it Richard D. Phillips sees reflected the trials and triumphs that mark our own lives in today's business world. Like any other executive, David's career came in recognizable stages: preparation, rise, achievement, and finally, the passing of the torch.

While following his career, the reader witnesses the fashioning of a leader, as David's heart is shaped by his faith in God, his love for his people, and his passion for real and lasting achievement. Through many trials and failures, David emerged as a leader who inspired others to achieve the impossible. Despite his own flaws and the venomous opposition of many, David remained true to God and his people, and through this one man an entire nation found its purpose and identity. This is precisely the kind of leader today's world needs, and Phillips amply demonstrates the relevance of David's reign for today's businessperson.

The lessons in The Heart of an Executive are clear, biblically based, and will challenge and equip men and women to raise their aspirations and heighten the impact of leadership.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (January 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385492324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385492324
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Phillips was raised in an Army family an grew up on posts around America. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he followed his father and grandfather by serving as a tank officer. While in graduate school in Philadelphia, his mother urged him to start attending church again, so Rick visited nearby Tenth Presbyterian Church. The message he heard that night changed his life, a sermon from the Old Testament book of Hosea about God's redeeming love for sinners through the cross of Jesus Christ. Surrendering his life to the love of Christ, Rick became active in Officer's Christian Fellowship during the years he was teaching leadership at West Point. He began leading a Bible study for students, then was asked to write a daily devotional, and then to preach at Christian meetings. Through these experiences, he and his wife concluded that God was calling Rick into a full-time pulpit ministry, so they left the Army and embarked on fulfilling God's call to the ordained ministry.

Rick tries the write the kind of books that have ministered so powerfully in his own life. Mainly, these are books of biblical exposition. His writing heroes are James M. Boice, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and similar writers of biblical teaching. Some of his books seek to provide clear biblical teaching to important matters of practical living, such as manhood and relationships. He is grateful to God for the privilege of ministering to so many people through his books, desiring above all that God's Word would be clearly, faithfully, and passionately set forth.

Dr. Phillips serves as senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville, SC. Previously, he pastored in Coral Springs, FL and Philadelphia, PA. He usually preaches morning and evening and his sermons can be heard on Sermon Audio and on the church website: www.secondpca.org. (Live services are also available on video.) Rick frequently speaks at conferences on the Bible and theology and is active in overseas missions, especially in East Africa. In addition to his ministry duties, Rick likes to spend time with his wife and five children. He is a loyal follower of his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines, and is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Wilson on February 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a high school teacher, the President or the Prime Minister, a parent, a middle executive, the owner of a small business or a section head for small band of workers, this book is for you!
Richad Phillips beautifully and poingnantly highlights the true essence of leadership--leadership built not upon its own successes, but is bound up in the loyalty to, and successes of the people who make the leader who he or she is.
He balances the personal qualities which distinguish a great leader with the realities of the dark side of the comforts, accolades and power accompanying leadership....dark recesses of David's heart that came to fruition in David's career: Potential self-created Goliaths in our own careers and lives ultimately crushing ourselves and those who follow.
Phillip's resolve to faithfully and colorfully portrays David's outstanding model for leadership while allowing David's flaws to be examined, actually gives us two models: What we can do to become greater leaders; what we can proactively do to maintain our integrity and honor.
If you seek to investigate how your own heart influences your leadership style and effectiveness, read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've studied leadership for almost 20 years, reading countless books and articles. I rate The Heart of an Executive by Richard Phillips among the finest--and most memorable. Phillips is a masterful storyteller, sharing pivotal events and forces in the life of King David vividly and efficiently. He then brings the resulting lessons to the modern reader with such flair that the lessons stick. The writing is vibrant and compelling, so much so that while reading it on a recent flight I noticed strangers seated to my left and right were also reading it--so we read it together. I plan to put this book at the top of my students' and clients' leadership reading list. Bravo, Richard Phillips!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very enjoyable read. The author has a good command of both worlds - management and the Bible - and molds them together well. Especially valuable is the admonition for leaders to trust in a creed, a guiding set of principles, a high calling and purpose for their existence and effort. Troubling however, but did not totally negate the gems of this book, is the author's enthusisam for listening to the sheep and making them the thrust and not the Good Shepherd. Biblically, this is non-existant, but is read into Scripture from a marketing oriented culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2001
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I'm not normally a big fan of Christian business books, but this one was has had a profound impact on me. It was truly effective in relating to real life management situations while not over "spiritualizing" the historical stories.
I think this is a marvelous book for anyone (whether in business or not), but especially for the manager who has been criticized for being to demanding or authoritative with his staff, spouse or friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
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This book gives tons and tons real usable advice from the best place in the world to get it. Well researched and written. I am buying copies to send to other leaders. A Must Read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Dinardo on March 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you only buy one book on leadership, buy this one
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