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- Print Length: 226 pages
- Publisher: Currency; 1 edition (June 10, 2008)
- Publication Date: June 10, 2008
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001AL662O
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To John's surprise, the monk leading the seminar is a former business executive and Wall Street legend. Taking John under his wing, the monk guides him to a realization that is simple yet profound: The true foundation of leadership is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrifice.
Along with John, you will learn that the principles in this book are neither new nor complex. They don't demand special talents; they are simply based on strengthening the bonds of respect, responsibility, and caring with the people around you. Perhaps this is why "The Servant has touched readers from all walks of life--because its message can be applied by anyone, anywhere--at home or at work.
If you are tired of books that lecture instead of teach; if you are searching for ways to improve your leadership skills; if you want to understand the timeless virtues that lead to lasting and meaningful success, then this book is one you cannot afford to miss. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The book is a simple read and has entertaining humor in it. It is a simple concept, hard to put to practice because it forces you to analyze and change your character. There is no "12 step checklist" to follow. This is not a book to reference when you encounter a scenario. This doesn't give you leadership styles. This gives you a deep look at your character and your motivations. Leadership is not about checklists, neither is this book. It's about introspection and the quest for continuous self-improvement.
If you care to look at your true self and improve upon it, as a person and leader, you will realize your goal of being a good leader.
In sharing his experience at the monastery, Hunter tells a good story and masterfully weaves in the principles he learns discussing leadership with several other individuals, including the former CEO of an airline turned monk who led the discussions, a drill sergeant, a public school principal, and a women's basketball coach. The teacher first discusses the differences between leadership and management, and power and authority, and then presents the pyramid style of management paradigm and how it came to be so popular in the United States, followed by Maslow's hierarchy of human needs with which many readers will already be familiar, and the servant leadership model which he discusses one element at a time and that serves as the focal point throughout the remainder of the book. The simple explanations of sometimes weighty topics, classroom dynamics between individuals of varied backgrounds, and author vulnerability are what makes this book work. The ninety other consistently positive reviews here that stretch over a ten-year period are a testament to the effectiveness of what Hunter, at the time of publication a consultant at a labor relations and training consulting firm, has to share with readers in this quick, but engaging text.
Top international reviews
It embodies the ONLY way a leader can fully succeed sustainably in every environment.
I’d encourage every leader or anyone thinking if leading others to read this, take the message and be that servant for your people.
You will never regret it.
This book is a great introduction to the concepts of servant leadership and tells a story in a practical way that is easily digested and implementable into any leadership situation be it business related or not.
* basics of organizational theory are "casually" thrown in without disturbing the story line ( citation of Maslow, Max Weber, ...)
* the essence of leadership gradually shines through as well as the awareness of the conscious and continuous effort it takes to get there
A very good read indeed !
The easy prose style makes for a delightful read unlike much of the self help books you see today.
Highly recommend this for everyone irrespective of whatever work level you are or your job role.