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Not at all a disappointment-it's a gripping book
on October 18, 2005
This is probably my favorite book on leadership issues. First, it lays you out...Gunderson draws you in with a great story that is interesting and then drops the bomb...the point that brings conviction of a character defect.
As a pastor who has been training leaders for years, this is a GREAT book!. It's not at all like other leadership books. If you are studying leadership issues, read this book!
He starts out not with the popular definitions of leadership that Maxwell and others use...like 'leadership is influence'. He starts with Jesus' definition of leadership...that if you want to be a great leader you must be a servant of all. He breaks down the etymology of the Greek word for servant in that verse and applies the etymology of that word in a story like fashion. It is possible to dive into the land of etymological fallacies when one does this, but I don't think that Gunderson commits that sin. He's careful to say that the word servant shares similar roots...but never crosses the line of etymological fallacy.
(See Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson if you aren't sure what I'm talking about-it has to do with popular writing and preaching that abuses language components in Greek to make fine sounding arguments). I think that Gunderson has managed to use language components well withough violating grammatical/lexical rules. Very well done!!
There is depth of thought and enjoyable reading all blended together. It's like sitting by a fire listening to great stories which have even greater points to them.
I thought the one reviewer who kinda blasted this book had some good points, but really did not give a high enough rating for this wonderful little book...that has helped me in leadership issues more than any other book I own...including all of the fine Maxwell materials I own.
This is one for leaders to use in training other leaders.