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

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

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by James C. Hunter
     
 

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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

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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 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:
9780307453563
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/10/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
106,136
File size:
2 MB

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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.


From the Hardcover edition.

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The Servant: A Simple Story about the True Essence of Leadership 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Busdude 3 months ago
I'm giving this book one star as zero stars doesn't seem to be an option. A fictional account of a burned out CEO who goes to a retreat at a monastery and spends a week talking about leadership with other lost souls apparently trying to find the meaning of life. Most of the book consists of contrived conversations between stereotypical characters. Even worse, there is a HEAVY dose of the author's religious convictions adding to the already preachy, condescending tone. Simply dreadful from beginning to sermonizing end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book should be required reading for anyone in a Leadership position or those seeking to become leaders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.