Entering the new millennium, men and women across the globe are crying out for a new type of leadership. The old command and control model is dead, and the search for a new approach has begun. In Servant First! Leadership for the New Millennium, John Sullivan develops a practical leadership model based on a careful study of the teaching and practice of Jesus of Nazareth. This upside-down leadership style puts the needs of followers above those of the leader; promotes teamwork, individual dignity, and worth; and results in a synergy of purpose unachievable with the old leadership models. Its application in today's organizations creates an environment in which people freely choose to create, innovate, and strive for excellence. The book begins with a review of traditional leadership theories and contrasts them with servant leadership. Sullivan shows how modern leadership approaches are molded by the servant-first style of Jesus. The reader is left with a model for leading 21st-century organizations that will unleash the creativity of people working together to achieve common objectives.
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About the Author
JOHN J. SULLIVAN served for 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and commanded a fighter squadron and an air station. He was course director and professor of management in the graduate program at the Naval War College where he authored a number of papers, case studies, and articles on leadership and management. A Certified Quality Manager by the American Society for Quality, he was a founder of the Rhode Island Area Coalition for Excellence, helped design its State Quality Award, and was its first lead examiner. Later, he was an associate professor of business at Montreat College where, again, his teaching focus was in leadership and management. He is widely acclaimed as an authority on servant leadership as a teacher, author, and practitioner. Sullivan is director of ServantLeader Ministries, whose mission is to conduct teaching seminars worldwide on the philosophy of servant leadership as taught and practiced by Jesus Christ.