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Leadership by the book : tools to transform your workplace
Blanchard, Kenneth H.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Colorado Springs, CO : WaterBrook Press ; New York : William Morrow, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 220 pages ; 22 cm

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PS3552.L365134 L43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In today's changing business world, leaders face more challenges than ever before, whether from increased competition, new ways of reaching customers, or motivating people.

Leadership by the Book is an exceptional new book, brimming with insights, ideas, tools, and tactics for becoming a successful leader. Written in the parable format of Ken Blanchard's bestselling The One Minute Manager. and Raving Fans, it tells the story of a professor and a minister who school a young professional in management skills and ethics. Citing Jesus as a source for practical lessons in effective leadership, the authors explore the concept of "servant leadership" and offer simple strategies for bringing vision and values to any organization. Individuals will learn how to:

Achieve goals without sacrificing character or faith Inspire and sustain commitment and others to give their best Build teamwork and celebrate successes Find personal passion and meaning in work

Sure to be required reading for managers and employees, Leadership by the Book can also be applied in day-to-day life by parents, coaches, entrepreneurs, and community leaders everywhere.

Author Notes

Kenneth Hartely Blanchard was born May 6, 1939, in Orange, New Jersey. He married Marjorie McKee, a business consultant, in 1962. He founded Blanchard Training and Development in 1977.

Blanchard has cowritten several books on management, including one of the best-selling management books of all time, The One-Minute Manager (1982) with Spencer Johnson. In the book, the authors describe effective and efficient management skills. The basics to good management are setting goals, praising, and reprimanding. Blanchard says that these skills can easily be translated to work in the home as well as the office.

Blanchard lives in San Diego, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The idea here is to promote leadership in the workplace based on the examples set by Christ in the New Testament. The concept of servant-leadership makes sense in this context, for Jesus recruited his disciples to carry on his teachings in his absence, and his method was wildly successful. When the authors break down the approaches step-by-step, their presentation goes astray by trying to shoehorn a dramatic story around the solid business advice. Eventually, the authors figure out that business people are more likely to be affected by the methods of the servant-leadership approach than characters enjoying a barbecue at the lake, and there are some helpful charts and graphs tracing the development of the mostly practical business approach. Short and quick to read as it is, the book could have been more concise and could have relied more on the practical use of its methods. --Joe Collins

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
1. The Heartbreakp. 1
2. The Professorp. 10
3. Michaelp. 19
4. The Ministerp. 27
5. The Commissioningp. 33
6. Effective Leadership Starts on the Insidep. 38
7. Iron Sharpens Ironp. 47
8. Synergyp. 56
9. Spiritual Significance Versus Earthly Successp. 64
10. The Heart of the Matterp. 78
11. The Awakeningp. 85
12. The Recoveryp. 90
13. The Retreatp. 93
14. A Choicep. 101
15. Checking the Heartp. 109
16. Clearing the Headp. 115
17. Leadership Begins with a Clear Visionp. 119
18. If You Want Your People to Be Responsible, You Must Be Responsivep. 130
19. The Servant Leader as a Performance Coachp. 146
20. Guiding the Handsp. 158
21. The Return of the Servant Leaderp. 165
Epilogue I The Ministerp. 190
Epilogue II The Professorp. 193
Acknowledgmentsp. 203
List of Scripture Quotationsp. 209
About the Authorsp. 211
Services Availablep. 217