I really enjoyed this book because it is very practical. Blanchard and Hodges boldly approach the topic of leadership from a Christian standpoint. Many times we try to separate faith and business, but they are not two separate worlds. This book has helped me reevaluate my...
I really enjoyed this book because it is very practical. Blanchard and Hodges boldly approach the topic of leadership from a Christian standpoint. Many times we try to separate faith and business, but they are not two separate worlds. This book has helped me reevaluate my priorities and has led to a new type of leadership that can be applied in the classroom, in the home, and in the business world. The authors address different types of leaders, whether formal or informal, and whether personal or professional. I found this book to be credible and accurate because it resonates many of the theories from another text on small group communication: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing (Second Edition) by Egolf and Chester. For example, the communication book listed honesty as one of the most desired traits in a leader. This is echoed in Lead Like Jesus, where it states that leadership is about relationships and results, and that relationships must be transparent. Furthermore, Egolf and Chester explain different leadership styles and theories on management. Lead Like Jesus explains why a Theory Y manager and a democratic leader are the best medium for effective leadership.
This book focuses on the multiple dimensions of leadership: the motivation, the heart, the planning, and the execution. My experience as a university Teaching Assistant has shown me that no matter what leadership role we acquire, these aspects are all relevant. The motivation of leadership cannot be selfish because that detracts from group success. My motivation must be for the collective, and I must want to be a good leader, not just successful. The authors also hit the sensitive topic of our hearts, which is essential when applying religion to daily life. The way we conduct ourselves outside of church is a reflection of our hearts. By adopting the attitude of Christ, we are a servant leader. Jesus Christ has proven his effectiveness of leadership because he started with twelve ordinary men and coached them to create a global movement to stand the test of time. Furthermore, I appreciate how this book emphasizes the importance of having a vision for your organization. Sometimes we get lazy and think, "Oh, God will take care of it all! I''ll just sit here." This book properly addresses how obedience is an action, and that in order to lead followers towards a goal, we must have a direction. Otherwise, it is a waste of time. Similarly, the book explains how ideas are not the end of the process: we must implement, evaluate, and then evolve. Impact is made to glorify God only when ideas are put into action. Then, as a coach, we must honestly and tactfully evaluate the performance of the group and the individuals (this is also recommended by Egolf and Chester). This feedback is then channeled to improve the organization.
Overall, I found this book to be very useful. It is helpful in explaining how religion is a perspective to be applied to daily world interactions.