I’ve read a lot of books.

 Some with interesting methods for improvement in business or self.

When I find a book that you should read, I’ll share.

Here is one.

The Servant Leader

James A. Autry

Regarding life itself and business philosophy I have always advocated an inverted organizational chart with the head of a company at the bottom of the chart supporting all those above. The final base of this reversed pyramid is comprised of those in direct contact with the customer.

I like what Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, said. “We have always felt that a company is much stronger if it is bound by love rather than by fear.”

James A. Autry in his book “The Servant Leader” has lived his business life echoing Robert Greenleaf’s outline and approach to leadership in Greenleaf’s 1970 essay “The Servant as Leader”.

This book helps to explain the idea behind servant leadership as well as giving concrete explanations of servant leadership in action. It shows you how to remain true to the servant leadership model when handling day-to-day and long-term management situations.

Some time ago, I facilitated a leadership workshop for Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Ohio.

Our non-liner approach focused on eight areas of this excellent book in the following order and it’s my suggestion you might approach this book in the same way.

  1. The introduction –
  • The slide show- pg. 241-252
  • 6 beliefs- pg. 20-21
  • Redefine success pg. 224-226
  • Preventing Conflict – pg 174-176
  • Tools- pg. 63-75
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