- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Executive Excellence Publishing (October 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930771126
- ISBN-13: 978-1930771123
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leadership as a Lifestyle Hardcover – October, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Hawkins draws upon many of the different leadership skills that the O'Hair book lists. Hawkins agrees that managers are completely different than leaders. He poses the question, "Should managers be leaders?" and then follows up with "Are all managers leaders?" As we saw in the O'Hair textbook, the answers are yes and no, respectively. Hawkins then continues to discuss the different systems of management theory and how those theories can relate to leadership. He poses many questions for each of the different styles of managerial theory that O'Hair lists. Specifically, he asks how one can lead in any of the first three managerial systems from Likert's Systems of Management. He questions whether one can lead if one has no followers. Hawkins shows that to have followers, one must gain long-term loyalty and commitment. He further proves that only life-empowered leadership (essentially Likert's System 4) can accurately do such a thing.
Unlike other self-help books, Hawkins offers many questions to ask yourself as a manager, father/mother, friend, or human to test your leadership skills.Read more ›
The emphasis Mr. Hawkins places on the leader as a servant was particularily inspiring. He attaches a very high calling for leaders to invest their lives in others. He makes a very convincing case for the development of mentor-protege relationships. The level of commitment required to build these relationships is challenging, but the reward of life-long unshakeable friendships is priceless.
Mr. Hawkins offers no gimmicks or short-cuts. He offers us the opportunity to develop into lifestyle leaders who will leave a legacy. Legacies are not made of short-cuts and gimmicks.
This book is a fantastic opportunity to take an introspective look at yourself, and to approach leadership as your "purpose" and not your "position."
The book is written in a concise and very readable manner. I highly recommend it, and have even purchased additional copies to give to friends and family!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the authors approach of NOT breaking up our lives into separate components of work, personal, and spiritual. Read morePublished on June 5, 2005 by Kyle Smeby