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Leadership as a Lifestyle Hardcover – October, 2001

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
The book Leadership as a Lifestyle, by John Hawkins, is a great book that talks about how leadership must be looked at as a lifestyle more than just a method of thinking. Hawkins emphasizes that the only way to become a leader is to talk, act, and use the principles of leadership in everything in your life. He breaks the book up into three major parts: (1) Leadership at Work, (2) Leadership at Home, and (3) Leadership with Friends. Each part is then broken into subparts to show how leadership principles should be applied to that specific part of your life.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
John Hawkins challeneged me to take a meaningful look at my life to identify those aspects of my personality, character, interpersonal relationship skills, etc. that could severly limit my ability to be an effective leader in any sphere of influence (work, family, church, community). He reminded me that my influence as a leader will only be as strong as the character, competence, and commitment I demonstrate through the integrity of my words and action, 24/7.
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."
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Format: Hardcover
Mr. Hawkins takes a page from his own book and helps the reader to see reality as it is. That reality being that no leader leads out in a vacuum or a neatly compartmentalized world, but exercises his influence amidst a community of relationships. With this reality in mind, Mr. Hawkins gives many practical helps and insightful gems to help the reader build and maximize his leadership in all areas of life, not just in the business realm. There are concepts here that I have not come across in any other leadership book. Because of its unique insights, richness and practicality, I will be keeping this book close by for future reference.
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By RS on January 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Hawkins provides an excellent framework from which to carefully think about leadership as a lifestyle. He effectively argues against compartmentalizing the different areas of influence (e.g., family, work) in our lives, but instead, encourages the reader to balance the conflicts that are sure to arise. He also provides useful insights into managing our lives in each area of influence so that we prove ourselves faithful in each.
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!!!
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