It's people who make organizations great, so how can leaders best help their people achieve that greatness? As Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert show in this new edition of their best seller, you can't just demand greatness - you have to inspire it.
The most effective leaders don't just stand in front of their people, they stand behind them too. As one of the characters in the book notes, "You qualify to be first by putting other people first." This concept sounds paradoxical, but it leads to extraordinary outcomes - and The Serving Leader shows precisely how and why.
While Jennings and Stahl-Wert use a compelling fictional story to outline the basics of serving leadership, all the characters in it are based on real people; the organizations depicted are based on real organizations, and the results they achieve are what really happened. This edition features a new foreword by Ken Blanchard, a new introduction, and a new chapter checking back in with Mike, the main character, to see what he has learned in the 12 years since he embraced serving leadership.
On one level this is the most practical guide available to implementing serving leadership; on a deeper level, it is a book about the personal journey of growth that real leadership requires. Great organizations are great because they're filled with people who freely choose to do their very best. It's a maddeningly simple concept, yet it's stunningly hard to execute. Jennings and Stahl-Wert show leaders how to earn that kind of commitment.
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This book was incredibly easy to understand and inspiring. The servant leadership principles are presented in a common sense way. Jeff Hoyt was, by far, the best narrator I've ever listened to. I was so thankful for the final chapter. The author did a great job of pulling it all together and presenting the application of the principles to life and business. If you are at all interested in SL, get this book!
Not only does The Serving Leader offer great and applicable skills for any leader, it's written in a way that's enjoyable to listen to! The discovery of this book and the five actions of a serving leader outlined within, have truly transformed me in my leadership role. This book is now mandatory reading for anyone on my team! You won't find a better book for changing your perspective of what it means to be a leader.
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