Hunter, a training consultant and author of The Servant, offers a practical guide for people who want to become a servant leader: "A person of character who is skilled in influencing and inspiring others to enthusiastically contribute their hearts, minds and other resources toward goals identified as being for the common good." Citing his own experiences, those of his clients as well as some historical figures, Hunter explains his view of how leaders should behave. The most effective leader is a morally aware individual who focuses on helping others succeed, rather than simply handing down decisions. It's essential, says Hunter, that leaders maintain healthy relationships with their colleagues and be ready to turn corporate hierarchies upside down. With supporting quotes from poets, psychiatrists and Christopher Reeve, Hunter says that helping others enables people to overcome their own weaknesses and become better individuals and leaders. The writing is clear, and Hunter's message may well appeal to many people weary of traditional corporations that have been affected by recent ethical scandals. But in the end, there's not enough substance to distinguish this book from the countless other leadership tomes available. Hunter's inclusion of so many random quotes from Zsa Zsa Gabor to George Washington Carver doesn't enhance this book's value to corporate executives. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.