With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America [NOOK Book]

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Perhaps no other nation is or has ever been as religiously diverse as the United States. For elected officials, school principals, corporate leaders, and many others, this diversity poses unique challenges. Leaders bring their own faiths to public life, and they daily encounter followers of similar and different faiths. Good leadership must draw together people from varied backgrounds in order to achieve something in common. This is no simple task.
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With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America

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Overview

Perhaps no other nation is or has ever been as religiously diverse as the United States. For elected officials, school principals, corporate leaders, and many others, this diversity poses unique challenges. Leaders bring their own faiths to public life, and they daily encounter followers of similar and different faiths. Good leadership must draw together people from varied backgrounds in order to achieve something in common. This is no simple task.
How should leaders deal with menorahs and crosses, veils and turbans, prayers and holidays? How do they and their followers turn the cacophony of beliefs and practices into a kind of citizenship worthy of the American tradition of religious freedom? How can they honor the religious convictions of all Americans? In With God on All Sides, Douglas A. Hicks provides a roadmap for leaders as they traverse the post-9/11 landscape. Although the devout possess moral and spiritual resources that can enrich civic life, leaders must also be prepared to cope with nearly inevitable conflicts between people of different faiths. Yet wise leaders can find ways to transform the problem of diversity into an opportunity. Drawing on their moral and spiritual resources, Americans of all creeds have the capacity to enhance the quality of our civic debate. Their faith-based practices create occasions for mutual learning.
Hicks tells the stories of how diverse Americans have transformed public controversies into cases of cooperation. The key to good leadership, Hicks writes, is to engage one another across lines of difference with a spirit of humility, build communication and trust, and offer an inclusive vision that is true to America's principles. Based on years of research and practical experience, With God on All Sides provides an invaluable and thought-provoking guide to leadership--and citizenship--in our devout and diverse nation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199831050
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Hicks is the provost and dean of the faculty-elect at Colgate University. He is currently Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Executive Director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond. He is the author of Religion and the Workplace: Pluralism, Spirituality, Leadership and Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy.

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Table of Contents

I Scanning the Horizon

1 Introduction: With God on All Sides 3

2 "The Vision Thing," 11

3 From Tocqueville to the War on Terror 27

II Exploring the Landscape

4 How Wide Is Our Lens? 47

5 How Deep Is the Water? 63

6 Crossing Paths 79

III Building Crossroads and Connectors

7 Shaping the Culture 101

8 Engaging Citizens 119

9 Educating Leaders and Citizens 139

10 What We Can Do Now 159

Epilogue: Memo to the President 169

Notes 181

References 205

Index 221

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