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About the Author

Jane Overstreet is the President / CEO of Development Associates International (DAI) a non-profit organization providing training and consulting in leadership and organizational management to more than 10,000 Christian leaders annually in over 30 countries. Prior to joining DAI, Jane served for many years as the Director of Legal Services for Youth With A Mission International while living in the Middle East and Europe. She serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Jane is also a member of the Lausanne Leadership Development Working Group. Jane has been married for 29 years to Harold. They have three children and two grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Biblica Publishing (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606570390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606570395
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,299,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Overstreet has served the President / CEO of Development Associates International (DAI) since 1999. She began volunteering with DAI in 1994 and worked for five years in various capacities as the organization developed before the founder resigned and the board appointed her to that role. She has been the senior leader throughout the intensive season of growth DAI has experienced.

Prior to joining DAI, Jane served as the Director of Legal Services for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for several years while living in the Middle East and Europe. She has been an adjunct professor at Eastern College and has provided legal consulting for numerous other Christian organizations. She has published manuals on various legal topics, articles on leadership issues and this year released her first book, Unleader.

Jane is currently a member of the American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association, a member of the Leadership Working Group for the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization, serves as a Trustee of The Henry Parsons Crowell and Susan Coleman Crowell Charitable Trust and the Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust as well as a board member of two other ministries. Additionally, she provides consulting to non-profit leaders on issues of organizational management, charitable giving, fund-raising and leadership.

Jane received a Bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa, College of Law. She has done additional graduate studies in international law at European campus of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and in Global Economic Development at Eastern College. Jane has been married for 31 years to Harold, who also works with DAI. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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"'The lie' about leadership is that what is great about leadership is ourselves"; but Jane Overstreet tells the truth by helping us learn about leadership through a contrast of two Old Testament Hebrew Kings, Saul and David. Her book is peppered with insightful same and cross-cultural illustrations of leadership, and each chapter has a set of review questions to focus application. Included is a survey of leadership, demonstrating characteristics of poor leadership as well as those of Christ-centered leadership. To help her readers, Jane artfully echoes her theme, "Does my leadership look more like Saul's or David's?" This book should be read by every leader who knows he will one day answer to his Creator.
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I LOVED this book. It was required reading for one of my graduate classes and I thoroughly enjoyed. It was quick reading and was written in way that holds the interest of the reader. I recommend this book to anyone studying Christian leadership, although the principles are applicable to secular environments as well. Also great for anyone doing an in-depth study of Saul and David. I highly recommend this to anyone in leadership or going into leadership!
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The author makes good points that appear to be directed at the type-A personality in an effort to prevent burnout. A leader that exhibits passion and has the ability to inspire others to do more that they think they are capable of is not a part of the picture painted for a Christian leader in this book and is not a good description of Paul in the New Testament.
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Overstreet compares and contrasts the lives of Saul and David to illustrate the character and qualities of a Godly leader. Best chapter is 4 "Do I Use Up or Build up People Under My Leadership" — she talks about a righteous leader helping people to move beyond their potential. (David and the rabble who became "mighty men".) Take-aways: be more interested in the wellfare of followers than of your own; own mistakes and immediately repent of sin; find security in God's love, not in approval or winning; the end does not justify the means.
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