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Summary

We've seen the negative impact of self-serving leaders in every sector of our society. Not infrequently, they end up bringing down their entire organization. But there is another way. Servant leaders lead by serving their people, not by exalting themselves. In this collection, edited by legendary business author and lifelong servant leader Ken Blanchard and his longtime editor Renee Broadwell, leading businesspeople, best-selling authors, and spiritual leaders offer tools for implementing this proven - but for some, still radical - leadership model.

The book is organized into six parts. Part one, Fundamentals of Servant Leadership, describes basic aspects of servant leadership. Part two, Elements of Servant Leadership, highlights some of the different points of view of servant leaders. Part three, Lessons in Servant Leadership, focuses on what people have learned on a personal level from observing servant leadership in action. Part four, Exemplars of Servant Leadership, features people who have been identified as classic servant leaders. Part five, Putting Servant Leadership to Work, offers firsthand accounts of people who have made servant leadership come alive in their organizations. Part six, Servant Leadership Turnarounds, illustrates how servant leadership can dramatically impact both results and human satisfaction in organizations.

This is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging guide ever published for what is, in every sense, a better way to lead.

©2018 Polvera Publishing (P)2018 Polvera Publishing

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OK IF YOU ARE RELIGIOUS - TOO "CHURCHY"

What would have made Servant Leadership in Action better?

Too much mention of God, Jesus, church, religion. Reading it felt like having a missionary on the doorstep.

Has Servant Leadership in Action put you off other books in this genre?

No

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Speaking was fine

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Inspirational

Excelent book I was really inspired very practical and useful information. The authors of the essays are all leadership experts and bring valuable insights.

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I lasted a couple of hours before I gave up. It just wasn't very engaging and then it started getting a bit churchy. Not thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-18

Terrible

I wanted a book outlining the fundamentals of servant leadership, not a history lesson on Jesus Christ.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-18

Not great service

This book is written from a heavily Christian perspective. This seems somewhat ironic because throughout the book the message is to serve all. But because the message is so heavily steeped in Christian mythology it seems to be narrowly focused. The book is like a series of written sermons. There is very little offered in terms of supporting information. This is not the first time I have found myself in an Audible book that is from a considerably narrow Christian perspective. I wish that they would provide labeling for this.

There are many times that this very conceptual approach begs for a broader more researched perspective. The concept of trust is repeated throughout and at almost every mention, I wanted a definition of the way this vague concept was being used. Like so much of American Christianity, there is this sort of absurd character of the humble hero. It is the blue-eyed Jesus, here to provide salvation, even to those who do not know they need it. Despite the projection, it is hardly humble.

Though disappointed in this bias and unresearched perspective, one cannot help but be drawn to the concept of Servant Leadership. Like a sermon, one can be inspired by some of what is here, even if filtered through a heavy dose of cynicism, as it was with me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-18

Gave me a lot to think about!

Gave me a lot to consider for my leadership style! Due to the unique nature of this book, should have had a few more readers.

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  • Sigrun Gunnarsdottir
  • 27-05-18

Practical and inspiring

This book is a very important contribution to the growing knowledge about the practice of servant leadership. The books provides an important insights into how servant leadership creates success for staff and customers.

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  • Marie
  • 31-10-20

Definately applies to 2020

During this time I've found that this book has opened my eyes to a lot of things happening around the world, my company, and my heart. THIS IS A MUST READ

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  • Juan Pablo
  • 28-11-19

source of organizational and personall change

Each and every chapter of this book has a inmense valuable lesson, its so much that one wonders where should I start, I believe that I will be reading, meditating and evaluating my life and work against each lesson of this book in order to commit to the behavioral changes and character transformation need to become a Servant Leader.

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  • Beth Standlee
  • 14-11-19

Must read for everyone.

We are all leaders in someone's life. if we all understood that we were on earth to serve one another the world would be a better place. This work shares that message again and again.

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  • Michaela
  • 31-10-19

Great read if you’re already familiar with SL

This has been one of my favorite servant leadership books to date. The personal accounts were inspiring and motivating. They really gave me fresh insight on how servant leadership looks different in many situations, though keeping the same core principles and how I can better apply it in my life without actually telling me what to do. The narration was great as well.

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  • Sarang tekmalkar
  • 07-12-21

Could have kept religion out of business

Was not expecting a bible reference manual to leadership… definitely not referring to phrases and verses from the Bible… could have just picked up the Bible instead of this book.

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  • Honest reviewer
  • 31-05-20

Some leadership lessons, a lot of preaching

I am a student of leadership and there are some lessons in this book, but the focus is on religious doctrine. The book can be summed up by the definition of leadership. If you are seeking leadership examples for preaching, this book is for you.

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