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Mike Wilson is a respected consultant charged with the task of building a new practice area in leadership development. During the new project, he learns that his father is very ill and wants his only child to come home and help him with "a few projects." Mike's father is a well-known, retired CEO, and Mike gets his boss's blessing to take as much time as he needs. Unbeknow Mike Wilson is a respected consultant charged with the task of building a new practice area in leadership development. During the new project, he learns that his father is very ill and wants his only child to come home and help him with "a few projects." Mike's father is a well-known, retired CEO, and Mike gets his boss's blessing to take as much time as he needs. Unbeknownst to him, Mike's father and boss, longtime friends, have plotted this visit to help Mike learn some needed leadership and life lessons. So begins this compelling narrative that combines a very human story with the classical Greenleaf theory of servant leadership. The second book in the acclaimed Ken Blanchard series (called "powerful testimony" by Brad Orr, CEO of John Burnham & Co) is both a practical guide for effective leadership and a book about the personal journey of growth that real leadership requires.


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Mike Wilson is a respected consultant charged with the task of building a new practice area in leadership development. During the new project, he learns that his father is very ill and wants his only child to come home and help him with "a few projects." Mike's father is a well-known, retired CEO, and Mike gets his boss's blessing to take as much time as he needs. Unbeknow Mike Wilson is a respected consultant charged with the task of building a new practice area in leadership development. During the new project, he learns that his father is very ill and wants his only child to come home and help him with "a few projects." Mike's father is a well-known, retired CEO, and Mike gets his boss's blessing to take as much time as he needs. Unbeknownst to him, Mike's father and boss, longtime friends, have plotted this visit to help Mike learn some needed leadership and life lessons. So begins this compelling narrative that combines a very human story with the classical Greenleaf theory of servant leadership. The second book in the acclaimed Ken Blanchard series (called "powerful testimony" by Brad Orr, CEO of John Burnham & Co) is both a practical guide for effective leadership and a book about the personal journey of growth that real leadership requires.

30 review for The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions That Will Transform Your Team, Your Business, and Your Community

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    I could not finish this book. I appreciate the values associated with being a serving leader in the workplace, community, and team and wanted to learn more about how to apply these within my professional life. I do not appreciate that these values seem to be tied to particular religious beliefs. The book become less about how to be an exceptional leader to workplace teams (what I was looking for) and more about father-son relationships (death bed regrets), personal confessions (apologies for a m I could not finish this book. I appreciate the values associated with being a serving leader in the workplace, community, and team and wanted to learn more about how to apply these within my professional life. I do not appreciate that these values seem to be tied to particular religious beliefs. The book become less about how to be an exceptional leader to workplace teams (what I was looking for) and more about father-son relationships (death bed regrets), personal confessions (apologies for a marriage that failed 10 years prior) and Christian themes. It was ultimately a (not very well done) spiritual allegory more than a workplace leadership book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia De

    Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve been a journal article.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Darlage

    I have a PhD in Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership. This book doesn't cover new ground, and is badly written. I love the idea of servant leadership, and find the theories sound, but it was difficult reading this book. The author uses exclamation points constantly - at least once per page, if not once or twice per paragraph at times. I also don't think the authors understand what a "paradox" actually is - few of the things labelled as paradoxes are actually paradoxes. T I have a PhD in Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership. This book doesn't cover new ground, and is badly written. I love the idea of servant leadership, and find the theories sound, but it was difficult reading this book. The author uses exclamation points constantly - at least once per page, if not once or twice per paragraph at times. I also don't think the authors understand what a "paradox" actually is - few of the things labelled as paradoxes are actually paradoxes. The characters were too perfect. I also didn't like the vagueness... on page 74, the main character spends an hour getting an explanation of the process, but none of that explanation is shared. I have no idea what was in that workbook. I was hoping for a more serious analysis of servant leadership theory, not something that read like the Celestine Prophecy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Elkins

    There's more cheese in this book than a delicatessen. Tries to instill a few key points about servant leadership within the guise of a story. Skip the store and read the last page where the key points are summarized. That's really all you need to know. There's more cheese in this book than a delicatessen. Tries to instill a few key points about servant leadership within the guise of a story. Skip the store and read the last page where the key points are summarized. That's really all you need to know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Required reading for work. Waffled between nodding and eye-rolling while I read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wojcik

    Reading provided for a leadership program I'm participating in through my work. This is not something I'd have picked up otherwise. All in all, the overall idea - servant leadership - is a great idea. The tenets of the leadership model are strong, and I believe in each step of the process. Each foundational idea is wonderful. And if that was all the book was, it would get a higher rating. But all of it is wrapped in a sappy, religiously underscored narrative that is cringeworthy and offputting. Th Reading provided for a leadership program I'm participating in through my work. This is not something I'd have picked up otherwise. All in all, the overall idea - servant leadership - is a great idea. The tenets of the leadership model are strong, and I believe in each step of the process. Each foundational idea is wonderful. And if that was all the book was, it would get a higher rating. But all of it is wrapped in a sappy, religiously underscored narrative that is cringeworthy and offputting. The book goes out of its way to say that the leadership model "plain works", regardless of the faith-based notes. That's great. And I don't care if you have faith or don't. But what I do have a problem with, is how strongly faith and religion factor into this book when it really *should* be unbiased, given that it's peddled as part of the reading for a not faith-based organization's leadership program.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Alternating between the story of a young man coming home to make peace with his dying father and the revelation of a spiritual-based, inspirational leadership style centered on the five following: * run to purpose * up end the pyramid * raise the bar * blaze the trail * build on strength While the leadership sections are as worthy of consideration as any other leadership program, the story of the young man and his father is unnecessary and melodramatic. The annotated Strategic Resources List at the en Alternating between the story of a young man coming home to make peace with his dying father and the revelation of a spiritual-based, inspirational leadership style centered on the five following: * run to purpose * up end the pyramid * raise the bar * blaze the trail * build on strength While the leadership sections are as worthy of consideration as any other leadership program, the story of the young man and his father is unnecessary and melodramatic. The annotated Strategic Resources List at the end is intriguing and worth a look-see.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Howard

    A must read for anyone wanting to be a leader in any area of life. The Christian themes woven throughout the book is truly amazing. It is a very easy read, for it is written like a novel, but packed with such tremendous content on being a Serving Leader. Highly recommend "The Serving Leader." {May right a more in depth review at a later time} A must read for anyone wanting to be a leader in any area of life. The Christian themes woven throughout the book is truly amazing. It is a very easy read, for it is written like a novel, but packed with such tremendous content on being a Serving Leader. Highly recommend "The Serving Leader." {May right a more in depth review at a later time}

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan Smith

    Great tips about being a leader. I like the fact that it was in a story form so that it was easy to read and learn, but the story was a little forced. It could have been a little less dry and could have been less cheesy in places. Still worth reading, though, if you're interested in leadership. Great tips about being a leader. I like the fact that it was in a story form so that it was easy to read and learn, but the story was a little forced. It could have been a little less dry and could have been less cheesy in places. Still worth reading, though, if you're interested in leadership.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Zellers

    Eh. A few good points, but not a captivating read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Book reminds one that there is a bigger purpose than ourselves. By helping others we move forward we help ourselves and community and so on.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Duncan Johnstone

    I agree with Melody’s review about it being related specifically to one particular religious.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katy Nustad

    Powerful!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ramon

    I am not ashamed to say that this book made me cry. I can't really explain why? I can't even say that I am comfortable with that truth. But, I cried. This book is unlike other books in its genre. Sure, the quick read, the simple story, the promise of failure leading to success were all typical elements of the leadership novel. But this book is different. In it, our hero learns some great concepts and principles and applies them. But, what I really liked was that for once, I could associate with I am not ashamed to say that this book made me cry. I can't really explain why? I can't even say that I am comfortable with that truth. But, I cried. This book is unlike other books in its genre. Sure, the quick read, the simple story, the promise of failure leading to success were all typical elements of the leadership novel. But this book is different. In it, our hero learns some great concepts and principles and applies them. But, what I really liked was that for once, I could associate with the character. He was, for all intents and purposes, real. I liked that and I could relate to his inner turmoil. That our failures are really masks we wear to hide from what truly ails us, our failures at loving the people we care about the most. I also like that love wasn't the main driver behind it all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Book received from Goodreads giveaway. This book is a great resource for all those striving to improve leadership skills. The authors outline five principles for becoming a serving leader. The principles are taught through the telling of a simple story. I didn't really care for the story but it helps illustrate the point. I think the most valuable part of the book is the chapter that was added for this new edition. If you only read one part of the book, read the last chapter. It is light on stor Book received from Goodreads giveaway. This book is a great resource for all those striving to improve leadership skills. The authors outline five principles for becoming a serving leader. The principles are taught through the telling of a simple story. I didn't really care for the story but it helps illustrate the point. I think the most valuable part of the book is the chapter that was added for this new edition. If you only read one part of the book, read the last chapter. It is light on story and gives a nice concise summary of the steps to take to become a serving leader.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Higgins

    Inspiring and energetic. Of course I loved this book, the authors affirmed some of my long held beliefs about leadership, such intelligent thinking! They added to those thoughts and build a complete recipe for effective and impactful leadership. This book challenged me to think and to grow. All kidding aside, thanks to the authors for providing the tools needed to decide upon and to follow the road map of your own choice

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book has fed my soul and made me want to be a serving leader everywhere I am! I want to run to great purpose; upend the pyramid; raise the bar; blaze the trail and build on strength and motivate others to lead where they are and serve others around them. I know this sounds pretty idealistic, but I believe if more people put these practices into play every day, it would be a better world! I have read this book twice, and will probably read it again several times over!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bob Mobley

    One of the best books I have read about becoming a leader. Ken Jennings explains the importance of having a vision and living one's values in order to inspire individuals to trust you and want to be on your team. One of the best books I have read about becoming a leader. Ken Jennings explains the importance of having a vision and living one's values in order to inspire individuals to trust you and want to be on your team.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marc Page

    Powerful story of being a Serving Leader and understanding what that really means. I'd love to see this book as a short movie done by the likes of Courage and Fireproof. While the story is fictitious, it helps to know that it is based on real companies, organizations and people. Powerful story of being a Serving Leader and understanding what that really means. I'd love to see this book as a short movie done by the likes of Courage and Fireproof. While the story is fictitious, it helps to know that it is based on real companies, organizations and people.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Perry

    This was a great book on what it truly takes to be a leader. Most of us get into leading positions believing others should be the ones serving us, but through this upended pyramid it shows how its exactly the opposite. Quick read and well worth it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Byron Ernest

    Great leaders take their own personal growth very seriously. In this book, growing leaders are given practical guidance of how to face and succeed when dealing with leadership challenges, without becoming a victim. All leaders should read this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheba Hall

    The Serving Leader was a great read! It gives a whole new view on leadership from a different perspective in servitude. A must read to anyone who claims to be a leader! This will truly help in breaking down barriers and connecting with team members and others.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Allen

    I wasn't prepared for the emotional roller coaster this book brought me on, but the lessons taught throughout the story are invaluable. A serving leader is active in pursuit of fulfilling his purpose, and this book details what a person needs in order to become a Serving Leader. I wasn't prepared for the emotional roller coaster this book brought me on, but the lessons taught throughout the story are invaluable. A serving leader is active in pursuit of fulfilling his purpose, and this book details what a person needs in order to become a Serving Leader.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yolondalyn Murray

    Not impressed by this book at all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I didn't find this book effective in teaching me at all. Would rather have had a non-fiction book than a poorly written story. I didn't find this book effective in teaching me at all. Would rather have had a non-fiction book than a poorly written story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    I loved the beginning and while I read was very interested as it pertains to leadership on our worship team. Excellent guide and interesting presentation. Wish there had been more to it though....

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael Schwendinger

    What a great example through a story of the power of effective leadership. The servant leader model is a wonderful way to build a strong leadership foundation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michele Connolly

    It is a well written book that I continually get hit with key nuggets. It is definately worth reading.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chrisgonzaga

    A well written book to come back to again and again to assist in building the culture of your team!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shonna Froebel

    Leadership Fable, some interesting ideas.

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