Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Serving Leader

Your Team, Business, and Community, by Kenneth R. Jennings and John Stahl-Wert is one for your bookshelf.  Better yet, keep it on your desk.  It’s a small (154 pages) read with a big message.

The authors take you through their leadership model via parable, stopping throughout to discuss in more detail the five actions of transformation,
  • Upend the Pyramid - You qualify to be first by putting other people first.
  • Raise the Bar - To serve the many, you first serve the few.
  • Blaze the Trail - To protect your value, you must give it all away.
  • Build on Strength - To address your weaknesses, focus on your strengths.
  • Run to Great Purpose - Arrange each person in the team to contribute what he/she is best at.

This all adds up to becoming the serving leader.  It’s time to step away for self-centeredness.  The book provides the traits and actions that are needed.  All that needs to be done is take it all to heart (there’s a lot of heart in this book) and put it into play.  This is a caring and sharing book for your team, family, and colleagues.

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