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The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently Hardcover – Unabridged, August 3, 2010
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The key advantage of this book is Coach Dungy's ability to speak from a coach's perspective in clear ways that can be easily applied. He uses stories to illustrate key points drawn from his experience as a coach. These stories give insights into the real wins and losses that ultimately led to his success in 2007 becoming the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl.
At the same time, Coach Dungy covers all the bases of important leadership principles such as those found in foundational books like Developing the Leaders Around You: How to Help Others Reach Their Full Potential. His specific emphasis is on how to mentor others in order to raise up more leaders. A mentor leader is someone who consistently adds value to other's lives in order to make their life better.
Each leadership principle is solidified with a biblical foundation that points to how to successfully and consistently add value to people's lives. This is a key feature that sets this book apart from the so many other leadership books available today. Real leadership isn't about a title or position. Instead, it's about the heart of a leader who wants to see the people around him succeed.
Some key highlights are:
It isn't a structured program that necessarily makes the difference, rather, the difference is made moment by moment by leaders who care for others.
Mentor leaders understand that if we lose sight of people, we lose sight of the very purpose of leadership.
For the mentor leader, life is about the destination and the journey.
If you're a leader, people's lives should be better because of the influence you've had along the way.
Mentor leadership focuses on building people up, building significance into their lives, and building leaders for the next generation.
The end of each chapter includes practical application questions in the form of action steps you can think through on your own or discuss with a small group.
Whether or not you're a football fan, if you're interested in growing to your potential as a leader with influence, you'll enjoy and benefit from this book.
This book is easy to read and underscores some of the leadership qualities I've intuitively practiced. This book has boosted my confidence as a leader and has reminded me that putting others first is the first step to being a successful leader.
Filled with great quotes and biblical passages, I like the weaving of the principles and ethics of a Godly man in with the content. This book is not your common leadership book in that it pushes the thought of it is far more important to lift those you lead than to pull them by the nose. I have loved this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a different perspective on leading and guiding people well.
If you dream of becoming great someday, you'd be wise to read Dungy's book, The Mentor Leader.
Other than the Bible itself, this is the best book on leadership I've ever read. Dungy's most popular book was Quiet Strength, and it might be more entertaining than The Mentor Leader. But if you're looking for the best possible information on how to be the best possible leader, The Mentor Leader is the better book.
Many authors and speakers talk about the value of mentoring and growing leaders but what makes this book different is the practical "how to" information that Dungy provides. Another interesting difference is Dungy's frankness concerning his own weaknesses. He talks openly about mistakes he's made and conflicts he's experienced with players.
"Mentor leadership is all about shaping, nurturing, empowering, and growing. It's all about relationships, integrity, and perpetual learning. Success is measured in changed lives, strong character, and eternal values." (Dungy)
According to Dungy, the model for such leadership is Jesus Christ.
The irony concerning such leadership is, the organization wins when this approach is taken.
The Indianapolis Colts under his leadership are proof.
I highly recommend it.
kurt bennett, author of the Christian parable, Traveler and the Chaplain