Lead Like Jesus Paperback – Sep 30 2008
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Ken Blanchard is the coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and fifty other books, including the New York Times business bestsellers Gung Ho! and Raving Fans. His books have combined sales of more than eighteen million copies in more than twenty-seven languages. He is the chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a full-service global management training and development company that he and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded in 1979.
Phil Hodges served as manager of human resources and industrial relations in the United States business world for about thirty-six years. He is the co-author of three books: Leadership by the Book by Ken Blanchard with Bill Hybels and The Servant Leader and Lead Like Jesus by KenBlanchard.
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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I loved the five habits in the chapter titled "The Habits of a Servant Leader":
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.
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.
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.
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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