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Lead on Purpose Paperback – September 11, 2014
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About the Author
Blakeslee is an experienced public speaker, leader and a coach. He is a Master Financial Coach, a pastor, college professor, husband, and father. He coaches with individuals who want to win with people and win with money. He is a member of, Dave Ramsey* Certified Counselors. He has also completed Dave Ramsey's* Financial Coach Master Series Training. He lives with his wife, Michele, in Virginia. He consults with non-profit organizations, churches and businesses to help them accomplish their mission - efficiently and effectively. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from high school Blakeslee enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he entered the Submarine Service. He advanced to Chief Petty Officer and served on board three nuclear powered submarines as the Leading Engineering Laboratory Technician and an Engineering Watch Supervisor. Blakeslee was a highly decorated sailor, including four Navy Achievement Medals. Before the start of Desert Storm, Blakeslee was assigned to the U. S. Navy's Leadership Development Program (NLDP) as an instructor. He taught hundreds of first time managers and mentored them as they transitioned from worker to leader. He later joined the instructor school for the leadership program, where he was consistently singled out by officer and senior enlisted students as a premiere instructor and leader. Blakeslee was awarded the Master Training Specialist for his work in the Leadership Instructor School. He developed curriculum for the pilot course for the Navy's Total Quality Management (TQM) Program. Blakeslee designed the curriculum and taught the pilot course before he deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield. Blakeslee served as the Lead Pastor and Executive Pastor of five churches. He was the Director of Operations for the Baptist Bible Fellowship International and on the faculty and administration of Baptist Bible College and Graduate School. He is currently serving as a pastor at Point Harbor Community Church in Virginia.
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I grew up in an environment where the man is supposed to be the leader. To me, ANYONE can be a leader, despite your circumstances or origins. One of the biggest issues you must overcome is to fully believe in oneself in order to pursue this. This is where the book comes into play.
I began to take notes as I read. Later on, I'd reflect on the contents I had read. I realized I had many pieces of my personal pieces I needed to solve in order to improve my leadership skills. Now, I may not be the only person who has felt the need to do this. The book helped me through those.
It makes you search within your mind and soul order to make you seek out the true leader within. We need more leaders in this world, and I'm officially ready to be that leader. I'm thankful for this book and it's impact.
I really enjoyed the allegory that the lessons in this book were centered around. Blakeslee has written an excellent resource built around solid, leadership research and teaching. This is what it takes to be a leader and how to lead well.
The second part of the book contains the model he uses in the story section and the charts found throughout the book are explained in more detail.
I have come across far too many leadership books that feel like a chore to read and are simply boring. With ‘Lead on Purpose’ I didn’t feel this way at all and can definitely say that I learned a lot more than I was expecting.