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Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time [Paperback]

Ken Blanchard , Hodges Phil Hodges
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Sept. 30 2008

The more I read the Bible, the more evident it becomes that everything I have ever taught or written about effective leadership over the past 25 years, Jesus did to perfection. He is simply the greatest leadership role model of all time. -Ken Blanchard

With simple yet profound principles from the life of Jesus and dozens of stories and leadership examples from his life experiences, veteran author, speaker and leadership expert Ken Blanchard guides readers through the process of discovering how to lead like Jesus. He describes it as the process of aligning two internal domains-the heart and the head-and two external domains-the hands and the habits. These four dimensions of leadership form the outline for this very practical and transformational book.


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Ken Blanchard is the chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. His books include the international bestseller The One Minute Manager. He and coauthor Phil Hodges founded the ministry Lead Like Jesus and coauthored the bestselling book Lead Like Jesus.

Phil Hodges served as a human resource and industrial relationship manager in corporate America for thirty-six years. He is coauthor of three books: Leadership by the Book with Ken Blanchard and Bill Hybels, and The Servant Leader and Lead Like Jesus with Ken Blanchard.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Leading like Jesus Dec 6 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book that teaches how to lead from the best leader that ever lived - Jesus Christ. It is so unlike and contrary to the leadership model of today that has at it's heart, "It's all about me." Lead like Jesus teaches you how to lead from a place of relationship, building trust through integrity, which is the foundation of influence.

This is a very practical book that describes the four cycles of effective leadership and the four domains to master to be able to effectively grow in your leadership potential to become a great leader.

Note: This is not a how-do book on leadership, but a transformational journey that first and foremost, transforms you. Truly leadership starts with oneself, being able to lead yourself before you can lead others.

Truly, an exceptional book. I recommend that anybody striving to become a leader read this to cement within themselves the proper foundation on what it is to be a leader. People can read books and learn methods to leading, but an effective leader first must deal with the heart...this is something you can't learn by reading method books. That's why it's a journey!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, practical to apply Feb. 15 2013
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Very well written book that has an easy application for the reader. I used it to review with my staff at our camp & retreat centre. It clearly explains the principles of leading like Jesus in your work situation, whatever that may be.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potentially life-changing tips on success and leadership March 2 2006
By FaithfulReader.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After selling fistfuls of Ken Blanchard's co-authored runaway bestseller THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER when I ran a bookstore in the 1980s, I was curious to see what he had to say in LEAD LIKE JESUS. Since the wildly popular ONE MINUTE MANAGER, Blanchard had pumped out a prolific number of general market business books. After becoming a Christian, this one evinces how it affects his writing and his business/life philosophy.

Getting started: Blanchard and Phil Hodges encourage readers to ask themselves three key questions: Am I a leader? Am I willing to follow Jesus as my leadership role model? How do I lead like Jesus?

Perhaps this is a good time to define what the authors mean by "leader." Anytime you seek to influence the thinking, behavior or development of people toward accomplishing a goal in their personal or professional lives, you are taking on the role of a "leader," they write. In other words, you don't have to be in business to benefit from this book. You might be a parent, a teacher, a nurse, a pastor, a coach, or an adult child helping her aging parents. There are differences between being a "life leader" (such as a parent) and an organizational leader (a manager in a company).

Leaders are defined by how they use their influence, they say. If our instincts are self-promotion and self-protection, then we'll use our influence to fulfill these needs. (Self-interest, they believe, is the most difficult obstacle we face in leading like Jesus). Conversely, if we are driven by service and dedication to a cause or a relationship, then we will model and encourage these values in others. They look at four domains of leading like Jesus --- head, heart, hands and habits --- and carefully unpack each one.

For those business book readers who enjoy charts and diagrams, there are a few here that might appeal (although I didn't find them particularly useful). Occasionally there's a trite phrase that makes you wince ("By seeking to serve rather than be served as I lead others, I will make Jesus smile") or a very bad pun ("Altaring" Your Leadership Ego). But these weak points are few in an otherwise strong book.

The best moments are when the authors get practical rather than theoretical. Jesus welcomed disagreement and wasn't afraid of it. (Do you welcome feedback? Find someone who will tell you the truth!) Address your own credibility as an individual before trying to improve things at an organizational level. (Is your security based on what others think?) Have you planned for a successor in your job? (Does that seem threatening?) There's an excellent section on identifying pride and fear, and how it affects our ability to lead. Indeed, the examples of how pride and fear influence leadership are among the best parts of the book.

Also helpful: a practical chart showing the four learning stages (novice, apprentice, journeyman, and master/teacher) and obstacles to success in each. There's specific help; rather than just telling readers to get into an accountability group, the authors offer a specific model of what this would look like. Chapter end summaries, personal and fictional examples that flesh out the concepts, and invitations to reflect on various key points will aid in engaging more fully with and applying the material. ("List three things that are most likely to pull you off course.")

Both authors also state "rank-ordered values" for leading like Jesus. Honor God in everything you do. Build relationships based on trust and respect. Maintain integrity and excellence in programs and services. Practice responsible stewardship.

The book is just the tip of the leadership iceberg, so it seems. Blanchard and Hodges have co-founded the Center for FaithWalk Leadership to teach the concepts to churches and organizations. According to their publisher, there's also a Lead Like Jesus "movement" complete with a 2005 winter simulcast featuring leadership experts such as Laurie Beth Jones, Rick Warren, Dan Cathy, Don Soderquist, Bill Pollard, Mickey Blackwell and Rosey Grier.

This is a meaty book that should be studied over a period of time rather than skimmed at a single reading. The concepts, if applied, could change the way leaders view their work, their relationships and their lives.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby. Contact Cindy at phrelanzer@aol.com.
63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best with Ken Blanchard's name on it April 17 2006
By Tom Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've enjoyed Ken Balnchards resources through the years, like the One Minute Manager, but I have to admit: I'm not a huge fan of the parable-only books. This book breaks from that tradition to provide a more standard learning format and is filled with amazingly valuable and life changing information.

I loved the five habits in the chapter titled "The Habits of a Servant Leader":

1) Solitude

2) Prayer

3) Study and application of Scripture

4) Accepting and responding to God's unconditional love

5) Involvement in supportive relationships

I think "accepting and responding to God's unconditional love" is a very big issue for many Christians today. Sometimes we forget that He loves us and cares for us - not the perfect us we'd like to be.

I think you'll enjoy this book, but you should know - as is obvious from the title - it certainly has a Christian slant to it. If this is fine with you - as it is with me, you'll love the book.

Tom Carpenter
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book! Jan. 10 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager) and Hodges have written a comprehensive and concise manual for all that desire to equip themselves to lead like Jesus and to follow His mandate to be servant leaders, rather than self-serving leaders.

The authors maintain that the world is in desperate need for the leadership role model that Jesus provides. We only need to look to the examples surrounding us to see abandoned values, betrayed trust, exploitation and manipulation by people in positions of power and influence to see this truth. They submit that, "It's not about you," that there is a better way--and that way is Jesus as a leadership model.

Lead Like Jesus: Lessons From the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Times provides clear-cut methods through Biblical stories, life-application examples and reflective questions that readers can incorporate into their lives. The methods will make a powerful impact in their own personal sphere of influence and in the world by being effective servant leaders.

Blanchard and Hodges maintain that we all are leaders, whether we are parents, teachers or even a business CEO. This book shows how to lead with the head, heart, hands and habits of Jesus.

Armchair Interviews says: By the time you finish reading you will have begun the journey to leading like Jesus. The book is powerful and we highly recommend it.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lead Like Jesus by Blanchard July 22 2006
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author defines leadership as influence in a positive or negative direction. Given this definition, Jesus was the greatest
leader of all time. He was firmly grounded in the Rabinical
Judaism of the time. With this background, He took the fledging
Christian community on a Transformational Journey culminating in
His own crucifixion and a fantastic earthquake conincidental with
the Death and Resurrection. The author reminds us that the
ultimate leader serves the community first and not himself/herself.

Leadership comes from a variety of personal sources. i.e.
- the heart is the center of the leadership thrust
- the head formulates strategies and movement forward
- the hands relate to crafting specific actions
- the habits relate to consistency/predictability of actions

Blanchard presents the contrast between the serving leader
and the self-serving leader. The serving leader actively
engages in acts on behalf of the community while the self-serving
leader benefits himself mainly. In providing service, the serving
leader implements specific plans to move the community forward.
This was done very skillfully by Christ in His own time.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Yet on Christian Leadership! Feb. 23 2006
By David R. Bess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Finally I have found a book that departs thoroughly from the corporate model of leadership and embraces fully a unique Biblical model! Blanchard here goes deeper than just leading -- he speaks of being a leader and growing other leaders. Spirituality in this author's approach is vital -- it is not something that appears to be a mere overlay on a secular paradigm.

I love reading titles on leadership, but have long felt there was something much more than just a Christianized version of secular theory. Blanchard identifies and defines a uniquely Christian approach, and does so in a very clear, readable fashion. This volume is the best book on Christian leadership I have read to date!
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