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Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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Complete list of contributors, in alphabetical order:
Cheryl Bachelder, Tony Baron, Colleen Barrett, Art Barter, Richard Blackaby, James H. Blanchard, Ken Blanchard, Margie Blanchard, Robin Blanchard, Brené Brown, John Hope Bryant,Shirley Bullard, Michael C. Bush, Tamika Catchings, Henry Cloud, Stephen M. R. Covey, Holly Culhane, Jim Dittmar, James Ferrell, Mark A. Floyd, Jeffrey W. Foley, Marshall Goldsmith, Jon Gordon, Craig Groeschel, Phyllis Hennecy Hendry, Chris Hodges, Phil Hodges, Laurie Beth Jones, James M. Kouzes, Patrick Lencioni, Rico Maranto, John Maxwell (foreword), Erwin Raphael McManus, Miles McPherson, Mark Miller, Tom Mullins, Neal Nybo, Barry Z. Posner, Dave Ramsey, Garry Ridge, Mark Sanborn, Simon Sinek, Raj Sisodia, Larry C. Spears
"I found Servant Leadership in Action to be an enjoyable collection of essays that kept me interested in the subject of servant leadership regardless of where I was in the book. Blanchard and Broadwell did a nice job setting up the book’s structure and dividing the essays into six parts/sections, starting with describing the basic aspects of servant leadership and ending with showing the readers how servant leadership can dramatically impact both results and human satisfaction in organizations. The essays are interesting and varied enough that you can skip around, reading what interests you, and still learn about servant leadership. If you like reading about servant leadership and do not mind a sprinkle of religious stories, then I think you will really enjoy this book." -Steve Nguyen, Ph.D. Leadership + Talent Development Advisor, Workplace Psychology
"Renowned expert Ken Blanchard with Renee Broadwell have assembled the insights of dozens of successful leaders in their new book Servant Leadership In Action. I doubt you will find any book or course on leadership that delivers a more on-target message of the essential element critical to being a truly great leader. Get a copy. Read it. Be it.” — Miami Herald
"Servant Leadership In Action is a comprehensive and inspiring book presented as a servant leadership primer, action plan and how-to guide, then concludes with proof of effectiveness and inspiration to go forward. The wide-ranging yet related topics covered in Servant Leadership In Action is part of what makes the book so valuable. I am sure it will quickly become a must-have resource for leaders, both emerging and established.” — Being Fully Present
"Today brings the release of the new definitive book on servant leadership. A curated collection of incredibly insightful and motivational perspectives on servant leadership via essays by 44 servant leaders. Edited by Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell, Servant Leadership in Action, includes the personal stories from some of the most well-respected authorities on leadership.” — Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management
"Servant Leadership in Action came to me at just the right time. I found it to be a great, inspiring read. I found it providing me with exposure to the minds of many of my favorite leaders. Perhaps more importantly, though, it exposes readers to different voices they would not have otherwise known. I have no doubt many (if not all) the contributions are immediately applicable to you and your career no matter your industry and role.” — 1Glories
About the Author
Ken Blanchard is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He is coauthor of the iconic bestseller The New One Minute Managerï¿½ and more than sixty other books that have combined sales of more than twenty-one million copies in forty-two languages. In 2005 he was inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top twenty-five bestselling authors of all time. Ken is cofounder with his wife, Margie, of The Ken Blanchard Companiesï¿½, a leading international training and consulting firm. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is also cofounder of Lead Like Jesus, a global ministry dedicated to helping people become servant leaders.
Renee Broadwell has been an editor with The Ken Blanchard Companies for more than ten years, working directly with Ken as lead editor on several book projects including Lead with LUV, Legendary Service, Fit at Last, Collaboration Begins with You, Lead Like Jesus Revisited, and The Simple Truths of Service. She also serves as editor on articles, blogs, other social media, and special projects, partnering with various Blanchard departments including Communications, Marketing, and the executive suite.
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The book is made up of a compilation of writings from over 40 leaders in business, bestselling authors, and highly respected spiritual leaders. I have read any number of books on leadership; many of which acknowledge the benefits of servant leadership. Servant Leadership in Action is the most comprehensive.
Dynamic in potential, challenging principles, with life-changing impact.
In the “Introduction”, Blanchard writes that the world is in desperate need of a different leadership role model, as we have all seen the negative impact of self-serving leaders in every sector of our society. He tells us that servant leadership was central to the philosophy of Jesus. While several of the contributors are Christians, a major goal of the book is to prove that servant leadership has application in both secular and spiritual leadership in every kind of organization, including business, government, education, and places of worship.
The book is aimed at anyone in a leadership position. The contributors hope is that one day all will be impacted by someone who is a servant leader, and self-serving leaders will be a thing of the past.
The book is organized into six parts:
Part One: Fundamentals of Servant Leadership
Part Two: Elements of Servant Leadership
Part Three: Lessons in Servant Leadership
Part Four: Exemplars of Servant Leadership
Part Five: Putting Servant Leadership to Work
Part Six: Servant Leadership Turnarounds
Short essays are written by a literal “Who’s Who” of leadership, authors that have had a positive impact on my leadership such as Blanchard, Patrick Lencioni,
Stephen M.R. Covey, Mark Miller, Simon Sinek, Marshall Goldsmith, Henry Cloud and Dave Ramsey. Blanchard provides a short introduction to each of the essays.
There is so much of value in this book that it can be overwhelming. What I would recommend is to go through the book and read Blanchard’s short introductions to decide if you want to read that particular essay at this time.
A few of the many takeaways I had from the book were:
What is Servant Leadership? by Ken Blanchard
There are two parts to servant leadership:
· A visionary/direction, or strategic, role – the leadership aspect of servant leader; and
· An implementation, or operational, role – the servant aspect of servant leadership.
To me, servant leadership is the only way to guarantee great relationships and results.
Servant Leadership at the Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
I became increasingly convinced that the practices of servant leadership and trust are inextricably linked. Today, I find it difficult to talk about serving without also talking about trust – and vice versa.
The strong bias of the servant leader is to extend trust to others.
The Evolution of Servant Leadership by Simon Sinek
Though someone may choose servant leadership for the results, the reason we continue to practice the discipline is for the joy of the journey.
One Question Every Servant Leader Should Ask by Marshall Goldsmith
Am I willing at this time to make the investment required to make a positive difference on this topic?
In the Service of Others: When Leaders Dare to Rehumanize Work by Brene Brown
Servant leadership and shame culture cannot coexist for a simple reason: the foundation of servant leadership is courage and shame breeds fear.
Compassion: The Heart of Servant Leadership by Craig Groeschel
True servant leadership means you are called to care – not to just feel sorry for someone or feel sympathy or empathy – but to do something. Why? Because to say you care, and then not act, is to not care at all. True servant leadership cares. And because it cares, it must act.
A Baptism of Leadership by Erwin Raphael McManus
We tend to want God’s power but not His character. Yet only when we embrace His character are we trustworthy with His power. Servant leadership understands that our calling is not to overpower but to empower.
Jesus: The Greatest Example of a Servant Leader by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges
For followers of Jesus, servant leadership is not an option; servant leadership is a mandate.
Leading is Serving by Dave Ramsey
If there’s one key to servant leadership, it’s pretty simple: put other people first.
This would be an excellent book to read and discuss with other leaders in a “Book Club” setting.
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