Category Archive: Leadership, Coaching, Mentoring

  1. The Heart Led Leader

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    Heart Led LeaderBy Tommy Spaulding

    In this easy to read and entertaining book, Mr. Spaulding takes us on an interesting journey of only 18 inches: from our head to our heart! It is a very clever way to encourage us to think about leadership from both a “heart” and ultimately “love” point of view. Spaulding wants us to develop a “leadership philosophy” which changes us into “heart-led” leaders because it will “change your life, your organization, and the lives of everyone you touch.” For the author, “leading from the heart means leading with love.” He refers to heart-led leaders as “Who Leaders” because they are men and women who have taken the time to define their leadership philosophy: “Who are you? Who do you want to become? What do you want to be known for both as a person and as a leader?”

    Knowing his audience of business and professional leaders well, he advises that if the word love “scares” you, consider alternatives such as “passion, commitment, compassion, servant leadership, purpose-driven, mission-driven or your choice of any similar word or phrase.”

    The book features numerous warm and inspiring stories of people who have somehow learned to live out this “philosophy” and thereby clearly touching the lives of people around them. The substance of the book is conveyed in the 18 inch journey: each inch is paired with a moving story and virtue which exemplifies heart-led leadership (love, humility, caring…trust).

    One of the most important lessons and conclusions of this book is its insistence that love is not just an emotion, it is action. While heart-led leadership starts with knowing one’s philosophy of leadership, it is ultimately measured in the quality of relationships and “approaching life with a passion for loving others and serving others, in order to win for tomorrow.”

    As a Christ-follower, I applaud Spaulding’s effort in this book to challenge business and professional people to reach for the highest possible motivation and life virtue, which must be love. His simple roadmap is to start with a leadership philosophy and then put it into practice. However, the main question I have after reading the book is: How does a person learn to love selflessly in a world and global marketplace which neither teaches, rewards nor encourages such love? Even if I found such love, how would I stay on track and live out this “leader philosophy” based on heart-led love? My suspicion is that Spaulding knows, appreciates and even practices the “servant” leadership taught by Jesus Christ.

    Jesus taught the following: “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)

    Based on my own 31-year career working at fortune 500 companies and private companies, I know that Jesus’ “servant” leadership, like heart-led leadership is nearly impossible to sustain in one’s own willpower guided only by a life philosophy. Even the most virtuous among us struggles daily with the assertion of self-interest (career, performance, survival) over other’s interest. However, Jesus never suggests that we can become true servant leaders (heart-led) on our own. Instead he came to give us a new life and identity in himself by offering a full life change through redemption (ransom). It is in this new life that we become capable of truly loving God and others as self. This is the necessary groundwork I think for real and sustained heart-led leadership.

  2. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

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    LeadershipSecretsBillyGrahamBy Harold Myra & Marshall Shelley

     

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    Read a sample of: The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

    A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham. Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century’s most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only preacher and pastor, but as a CEO and a global leader as well.

    The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham is full of transferable applications for leaders in the church, parachurch, academia, government, and business. Lively interviews with his closest associates illustrate 21 principles that have driven six decades of visionary impact.

    First-hand accounts reveal stories of courageous leadership and growth through painful lessons. Graham’s relentless application of core beliefs and leadership principles have resulted in, among many honors, being listed in Gallup’s ten ‘most admired men’ thirty times, more than anyone else. Time magazine named him one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century.

    This book asks: How did this happen? What are the essentials he embraced to achieve such extraordinary results? What can we learn from him and apply to our own leadership roles? This book is dedicated to those readers who sense the pressing need in today’s world for inspired leadership. Who rise to leadership’s high calling and are willing to carry its weight. Who are determined to deepen and expand their capacities and effectiveness.

     

  3. Reinventing Your Board

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    ReinventingYourBoardBy John & Miriam Carver

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    In the second edition of this best-selling Policy Governance operating manual, John Carver and Miriam Carver make this exciting approach to effective governance even more accessible and user-friendly, gleaning lessons learned in years of practice to help readers understand and use this invaluable model.

    Carver’s groundbreaking Policy Governance model is the best-known, respected, and talked about governance model in the world and has fundamentally influenced the way organizations are governed.

    Reinventing Your Board, second edition, is a hands-on, step-by-step guide that puts the model to work in the meeting-to-meeting lives of board members. It includes new policy samples and a new chapter on monitoring performance, as well as other practical “put-the-model-in-motion” advice.

    This popular and highly successful companion to Boards That Make a Difference contains the nuts-and-bolts materials needed for implementing Policy Governance. The authors illustrate effective board decision making, show how to craft useful policies, and offer practical advice on such matters as setting the agenda, monitoring CEO performance, defining the board role, and more. Step-by-step instructions and sample policies make this a must-have resource for boards in the public and nonprofit sectors aiming to govern their organizations with excellence.

     

  4. John Carver on Board Leadership (John Carver w/ Sir Adrian Cadbury)

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    Read a sample of: John Carver on Board Leadership

    This one-stop board leadership resource, written by one of the world’s leading governance consultants and author of the bestselling Boards That Make a Difference, offers you a broad range of material including the best articles from the Board Leadership newsletter, articles from various publications, and previously unpublished short works.

    Each chapter has been carefully selected and arranged to provide you with a distillation of John Carver’s revolutionary Policy Governance model.


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