For nonprofit leaders who want to succeed in their efforts to change the world without selling their souls, this compelling guide offers a fresh, pragmatic approach to principled politics. The authors guide readers toward recognizing and working with political realities and help shape a value-rich but more politically astute mode of leadership. They offer a rich array of case studies, from school principals and university presidents to pastors and social service adminstators, revealing how contemporary leaders can effectively translate their values into both policy and practice.
"Every leader will find this book a richly rewarding read. It legitimizes power and challenges leaders to embrace it and use it in their service to society." --Paul Hersey, president, Center for Leadership Studies and author of The Situational Leader
"A fresh and systematic look at the writings of Machiavelli enables the reader to see beyond the opportunism that is so often associated with Machiavelli's name to a realistic and principled set of strategies for achieving public virtue." --David A. Erlandson, professor of educational administration, Texas A&M University
"The Jinkinses have cut through much of the wishful thinking that floods our leadership discussions these days. In this remarkable example of practical humanities scholarship, they have dusted off a great political thinker and put him to work to illumine our realities. Those who lead all sorts of nonprofit organizations can benefit from this bracing encounter with political realism." --James Wind, president, The Alban Institute and author of Places of Worship
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