The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions That Will Transform Your Team, Your Business, and Your Community

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Nov 4, 2004 - Business & Economics - 144 pages
* The second book in The Ken Blanchard Series-selected and with a foreword by Ken Blanchard * A unique and practical "action approach" to servant leadership-a popular and widely espoused concept that figures prominently in the writings of Ken Blanchard, Peter Senge, Stephen Covey, Peter Block, and many others * Uses a compelling story format with highly sympathetic characters to make servant leadership accessible to a wide audience At a time of increasing concern about ethics at the top, The Serving Leader makes the case for an approach to leadership that is both more moral and more effective than the ruthless, anything-for-the-bottom-line approach that has brought disgrace-and often ruin-to many once-mighty organizations. "Serving leaders" lead by serving others, not by using them. As one of the characters in the book notes, "A leader qualifies to be first by putting other people first." It sounds paradoxical, but it works-and The Serving Leader shows precisely how and why. While The Serving Leader uses a parable to outline the basics of servant leadership, all the people in it are based on real people, the organizations depicted are based on real organizations-and the results they achieved are what really happened. Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert use an engaging and moving story about an estranged son, his dying father, and a remarkable group of innovative leaders in business, volunteer organizations, and civic groups to illustrate five pragmatic principles of servant leadership. On one level The Serving Leader is the most practical guide available to implementing servant leadership; on a deeper level, it is a book about the personal journey of growth that real leadership requires.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Ken Blanchard
A New Assignment
Upend the Pyramid
Raise the
Blaze the Trail
Mending a Broken Track
Build on Strength
Run to Great Purpose
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Copyright

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Ken Jennings, Ph.D. is a leadership coach and a senior partner at VentureWorks, where he focuses on the effective execution of strategy. He is also a faculty member at the Bethel University School of Leadership. Jennings was previously a partner at Accenture, a venture capital advisor, and a military officer. He is the coauthor of Changing Health Care: Creating Tomorrow’s Winning Health Enterprise.

John Stahl-Wert is president of Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, a 25-year-old community building collaborative in Pittsburgh that has created 50 social sector organizations, and is a faculty member in Geneva College’s Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership.

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