The Servant: A Simple Story about the True Essence of Leadership

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With a new introduction on using the principles of The Servant in your life and career.

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 ...

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Overview

With a new introduction on using the principles of The Servant in your life and career.

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. Perhaps this is why The Servant has touched readers from all walks of life—because its 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761513698
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 570
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 5.76 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Hunter is principal consultant of J. D. Hunter Associates, a labor relations and training consulting firm located near Detroit. He is a sought-after public speaker and trainer primarily in the areas of servant leadership and community (team) building. He resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter and can be reached online at www.jameshunter.com.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
The Prologue

CHAPTER ONE
The Definitions
CHAPTER TWO
The Old Paradigm
CHAPTER THREE
The Model
CHAPTER FOUR
The Verb
CHAPTER FIVE
The Environment
CHAPTER SIX
The Choice
CHAPTER SEVEN
The Payoff
The Epilogue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    Still a great read

    I read this book 5 years ago and just finished it a second time this weekend. This is still a great book and should be required reading for all leaders or those who wish to become leaders. I would go so far as to recommend this book for everybody.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    This book helped me to understand what it truly means to be a se

    This book helped me to understand what it truly means to be a servant leader. The author tells the story in a way that is easy to understand for the reader. I will continue to reference what I have learned in this text as I grown as a leader. I believe that with the information I have learned from reading this book, I will be a better leader.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Loved the book.

    For anyone who wants to evolve as a human being and/or a leader.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2009

    Great Read for Leaders

    I agree with the other reviews. This book is excellent for anyone in a leadership position...professional and otherwise. It is a quick read that is easy to comprehend and memorable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

    It's a worthwhile and easy read.

    I took away at least one "golden nugget" from this book that I have already begun implementing in a variety of settings (i.e., work and social). I recommend this book to anyone who works or volunteers with people, both leaders and non-leaders alike. The author conveys the message in a story format and the book is not full of statistical data, which is kind of refreshing for a book of this type.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    Great Read

    I think this book should be required reading for anyone in a Leadership position or those seeking to become leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004

    A great read for managers, coaches, teachers and all types of leaders

    The book was an excellent read. The text was well organized and easy to read, yet the content was very motivational. I look at leadership from a different view now. The title really says it all. Great leaders will be great servants. The book will change your thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    Must Reading for All People in Leadership Positions

    This book is filled with succinct, practical advice on how to live a fulfilling life of purpose. Its power lies in its simplicity, and its value lies in its believeable application to life's daily challenges. The gems revealed in this book will, when applied, make our world a much better place to live. Calling all coaches, teachers, administrators, and executives...well worth your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    Servant Leadership is true leadership

    As a program operations administrator, I have been practicing and using the principles of servant leadership with my staff, friends, peers etc. since I purchased the book at a USDA Conference in Orlando Florida in 2000. The book is always within arms reach and I read certain pages over and over again. If everyone in a leadership role would acquire and utilize the skills of servant leadership, the workplace environment, production, creativity etc would be greatly improved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    The secret of the Leadership

    Along this book, you found the simple rules of the 'leadership art', here are remarked the human qualities that we have to develop in a way to reach the essence of a good leader. If you give a human respect to the people, they respect and accept your authority. Be a leader is a compromise and a challenge, you must to work hard if you made this choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    Look into yourself.

    After my first reading, I had to put it down and soak in all of the thoughts and feelings that were found. This book gives a different method (meaning something not taught in school) for looking at yourself and how you 'love' others as a leader. Make the choice to change, you can find the first step in this book. I will be reading this again and taking notes for growth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    Good leadership story

    Enjoyed having the principles of servant leadership expressed in story form. I am reading the book a second time and making notes on the leadership principles.

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