The Servant

A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership
Narrated by: Tony Pasqualini
Length: 5 hrs
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,586 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With a new introduction on using the principles of The Servant in your life and career, this book redefines what it means to be a leader.

In this absorbing tale, you watch the timeless principles of servant leadership unfold through the story of John Daily, a businessman whose outwardly successful life is spiraling out of control. He is failing miserably in each of his leadership roles as boss, husband, father, and coach. To get his life back on track, he reluctantly attends a weeklong leadership retreat at a remote Benedictine monastery.

To John's surprise, the monk leading the seminar is a former business executive and Wall Street legend. Taking John under his wing, the monk guides him to a realization that is simple yet profound: The true foundation of leadership is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrifice.

Along with John, you will learn that the principles in this book are neither new nor complex. They don't demand special talents; they are simply based on strengthening the bonds of respect, responsibility, and caring with the people around you. The Servant's message can be applied by anyone, anywhere - at home or at work.

If you are tired of books that lecture instead of teach; if you are searching for ways to improve your leadership skills; if you want to understand the timeless virtues that lead to lasting and meaningful success, then this book is one you cannot afford to miss.

©1998 James C. Hunter (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

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FINALLY!

So glad this is finally out in audio! I read this years and years ago...it's motivating and I've really wanted to listen to it rather than re-read. So glad to see it here. I'm only part way through but I had to jump the gun and be the first reviewer. So far, I like the narration a lot and it's nice to have this in my library to come back to again.

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Best I heard on leadership so far.

Going straight to the core. No tactics, just a dose of pure truth if we want to become not only great leaders, but great people. A must read.

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Good Start!

This is a great starting point for servant leadership as it continues to grow in the business world.

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Amazing

This was an incredible journey as I entered this audio book. Was a breath of fresh air to learn some ideas around how I want to lead in my life. Thank you Mr Hunter (and Simeon.

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If Every Leader Could Hear These Messages

The book and messages within will make most leaders a bit uneasy at times. However, this book does a great job of easing those anxieties, while explaining real world application of the principles to all aspects of a leader's life. There are times where the story line gets a bit hoakie, which is my only real criticism. There's no way those 5 or 6 people asked all those questions and knew all those quotes. My temporary suspension of disbelief only goes so far. Nonetheless, the important messages are clearly delivered and reinforced. I enjoyed the way the narrator slightly altered voice and accents to consistently portray the main characters throughout. Well-delivered, Sir.

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A Must Read!

A must read for anyone striving to be a leader!!! Engaging and easy to follow.

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A book of quotes and abstract principles

Any additional comments?

To give listeners an idea of what to expect, the book is about a man who goes on a spiritual retreat where he meets a teacher that gives him and a group of others lessons on servant leadership, the power of loving others, and faith in God, among others. Every day this group of people learn from this teacher and you (the listener) also learn what they learn.

Pros: The Narrator does a really great job of creating unique distinct voices for every character.

Cons: Maybe I had too many expectations going in since I knew the book is supposedly a Classic.
-The book is saturated with overused quotes
-I'm also not religious and Christianity seemed to be a big component to this book
-I found the ideas in the book to be very abstract and didn't feel that the book gave clear directions on how to actively practice each lesson in your life

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very much a good read that makes you think

putting these principles to action, simple and thought provoking. A good book for a new supervisor or manager, even old school guys can benefit.

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the marginal impact that makes the difference

Its true that most of the ideas shared in this book are not new or unique. Yet the context at which they are presented in makes you better reflect to your behaviour. It gives a slightly clearer view on how you command life and establish Authority. Accommodating the slightest changes to your habits will result in a great returns! A must read!!

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Absolutely brilliant book

Loved every minute of it. Life changing principles for anyone willing to listen, learn and change. Applicable for all areas of life.

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  • 07-05-20

unbelievably invaluable

it will certainly change your life if you choose to try to act what this story teaches you

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  • 08-10-19

Wisdom for life

wonderful reading, well narrated and full of wise concepts to be applied in leadership and in life

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good, interesting subject

The book provides a completely different view on management and the difference between manager and leader.