Think about the typical CEO of a company. What made his or her leadership style significant to the livelihood of the company, if it was successful to begin with?
Reviewed by Derek Rotty Augustine Institute, Another book on leadership? Is it really necessary or beneficial? Not quite, indicates True Leadership.
Before examining the merits of this text, it is appropriate to note one detail that is conspicuously absent. There is no author listed for the text as a whole. Michael Naughton and Dr. Jonathan Reyes are listed as authors of the Preface and Introduction, respectively. To anyone remotely familiar with the principles of leadership that are drawn from the teaching of Jesus Christ, this should not be confusing at all.
Recall that the Messiah commanded His disciples to take up the lowly places at banquets cf. Already, the reader gains a sense that this books presents a vision of leadership that is different from what one might find in national bookstore chains and corporate boardrooms.
From the very first pages, this different vision becomes clear. Throughout its fourteen chapters, the text paints a vivid portrait of integrated Christian leadership, leadership that will transform the culture for the good. Like Jesus, effective leaders invite others to follow them on the journey, albeit a challenging one, toward joy and the common good.
This book seeks to orient would-be leaders toward their unique and personal imitation of that Perfect Example. Christian conviction, character, vocation, gifts, and skills In order for a person to become a leader, the book iterates, it is first necessary for him to know the Master whom he follows.
Next, he must submit himself to a process of transformation in grace and virtue. After grace begins to operate, and while virtue is taking root in him, the potential leader begins to glean the purpose that God has for his life. Beyond that, this developing leader must ask whom God has entrusted to his care, to accept those persons in charity, and to help them reach their own unique purposes.
Along this path of growth and development, the leader must obediently employ the supernatural gifts that God has granted to him for efficacy. In this section, the book echoes a clarion call to a revolutionary conception of leadership.
It asks leaders and those who develop them to focus on those four critical aspects that have largely been forgotten in modernity.
Much, if not all, of the modern thought and literature on leadership development looks elsewhere to find its firm foundation. The secular environment of corporations, governments, and even large universities focuses intently on the development of skills such as goal-setting, scheduling, and follow-up evaluation.
True Leadership, on the other hand, presents a lucid argument as to why these skills really are only finishing touches on the prior, more essential aspects of authentic Christian leadership. A would-be leader might be misguided in her goals, schedules, and evaluations if she also has not allowed the virtues of humility, prudence, courage, and magnanimity, just to name a few, to be cultivated in her first.
Skills fall perfectly into place when the first principles of leadership are tended to in their proper order. This book identifies one unique skill that quite likely sits well outside the realm of consideration for secular leadership development. Thus, it deserves specific treatment here.
Of course, modern literature can be well-written, but it is more likely that a budding leader will find more sustenance in the so-called classics. With this point, it becomes clear why Catholic institutions rooted in the classical style of learning are at the forefront of developing the next generation of leaders for a culture that needs them so desperately.
In addition to the suggestion of classic literature, this text achieves its lofty purpose in two other notable ways. A second effective method is the presence of pointed questions and statements that require the reader to examine her own life, to think deeply about the ways that the identified principles may or may not be incarnate in her daily activities.
These provide wonderful fodder for pondering the fact that leadership has both spiritual and temporal dimensions.
Perhaps more than that, pondering such quotes and questions will inevitably lead to personal growth and transformation. Remember, the transformation of an entire culture will begin only with the transformation of individuals.Synopsis In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George shares the wisdom of over outstanding leaders and provides a comprehensive and very personal program for finding your own True North and leadership success.
"True North debunks the myth of the superhero top executive executives talk about their failures and personal tragedies, and how these setbacks shaped.
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