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Publisher's Summary

We've seen the negative impact of self-serving leaders in every sector of our society. Not infrequently, they end up bringing down their entire organization. But there is another way. Servant leaders lead by serving their people, not by exalting themselves. In this collection, edited by legendary business author and lifelong servant leader Ken Blanchard and his longtime editor Renee Broadwell, leading businesspeople, best-selling authors, and spiritual leaders offer tools for implementing this proven - but for some, still radical - leadership model.

The book is organized into six parts. Part one, Fundamentals of Servant Leadership, describes basic aspects of servant leadership. Part two, Elements of Servant Leadership, highlights some of the different points of view of servant leaders. Part three, Lessons in Servant Leadership, focuses on what people have learned on a personal level from observing servant leadership in action. Part four, Exemplars of Servant Leadership, features people who have been identified as classic servant leaders. Part five, Putting Servant Leadership to Work, offers firsthand accounts of people who have made servant leadership come alive in their organizations. Part six, Servant Leadership Turnarounds, illustrates how servant leadership can dramatically impact both results and human satisfaction in organizations.

This is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging guide ever published for what is, in every sense, a better way to lead.

©2018 Polvera Publishing (P)2018 Polvera Publishing

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Terrible

I wanted a book outlining the fundamentals of servant leadership, not a history lesson on Jesus Christ.

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Story of Stories

I picked this book about Servant Leadership over others because I did not just want to know what Servant Leadership was but how it can be adapted to all form of being a leader. While for some this may be answered, it was a struggle for me because I felt it was a story of stories about how others realized that they showed signs of servant leadership and where that stemmed from. Don't get me wrong, the stories were engaging. It just wasn't what I was looking for in the subject matter.

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Much better than I expected

Although a fan of Ken Blanchard, I hesitated buying this book since it was a compilation of essays from various authors. I was concerned that it would be repetitive and disjointed; it was not. I found the varying perspectives and insights to be interesting and highly engaging.

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Not great service

This book is written from a heavily Christian perspective. This seems somewhat ironic because throughout the book the message is to serve all. But because the message is so heavily steeped in Christian mythology it seems to be narrowly focused. The book is like a series of written sermons. There is very little offered in terms of supporting information. This is not the first time I have found myself in an Audible book that is from a considerably narrow Christian perspective. I wish that they would provide labeling for this.

There are many times that this very conceptual approach begs for a broader more researched perspective. The concept of trust is repeated throughout and at almost every mention, I wanted a definition of the way this vague concept was being used. Like so much of American Christianity, there is this sort of absurd character of the humble hero. It is the blue-eyed Jesus, here to provide salvation, even to those who do not know they need it. Despite the projection, it is hardly humble.

Though disappointed in this bias and unresearched perspective, one cannot help but be drawn to the concept of Servant Leadership. Like a sermon, one can be inspired by some of what is here, even if filtered through a heavy dose of cynicism, as it was with me.

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Several good examples of servant leadership

It was great hearing examples from many different leaders from many different business sectors. Thank you

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Gave me a lot to think about!

Gave me a lot to consider for my leadership style! Due to the unique nature of this book, should have had a few more readers.

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Practical and inspiring

This book is a very important contribution to the growing knowledge about the practice of servant leadership. The books provides an important insights into how servant leadership creates success for staff and customers.

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  • Anonymous
  • 04-16-18

OK IF YOU ARE RELIGIOUS - TOO "CHURCHY"

What would have made Servant Leadership in Action better?

Too much mention of God, Jesus, church, religion. Reading it felt like having a missionary on the doorstep.

Has Servant Leadership in Action put you off other books in this genre?

No

What didn’t you like about Natalie Hoyt and Jeff Hoyt ’s performance?

Speaking was fine

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-18

Too heavy on the religious angle

Everything seemed to be from a ministry, a life church, discussions about Jesus, quotes from gospels.... A few nuggets of gold in the book, but I couldn't get past all the religious angles....