The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership  -     By: Gayle D. Beebe
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Inter-Varsity Press / 2012 / Paperback

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Leadership is both an art and a science.

We may be tempted to look for a sure-fire formula, but the reality is quite different: effective leaders are exceptional generalists rather than narrow specialists. The best leaders take what the best business experts have to offer, and apply that based on their own abilities, experience and judgment. And these leaders seek real-life mentors and learn from them.

Gayle Beebe, who has spent over a decade as a college president, had the opportunity to study with Peter Drucker, the father of modern management and the author of The Effective Executive. Drawing on Drucker's influence as well as his own years of experiences as a pastor, administrator and president, Beebe has developed a pyramid of leadership principles. The combination of these defines a leader of influence and integrity.

In these pages you'll also meet some of Beebe's other mentors: Steve Sample of USC, Harold A. "Red" Poling of Ford Motor Company, Richard Foster of Renovari, David McKenna of Asbury Seminary and Bob Emmons of Smart&Final.

In a day of relentless self-direction, strong leaders have a critical role. With this book you can discover what it takes to be effective in your sphere of influence.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830838201
ISBN-13: 9780830838202
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Leadership is both an art and a science. We may be tempted to look for a sure-fire formula, but the reality is quite different: effective leaders are exceptional generalists rather than narrow specialists. The best leaders take what the best business experts have to offer, and apply that based on their own abilities, experience and judgment. And these leaders seek real-life mentors and learn from them. Gayle Beebe, who has spent over a decade as a college president, had the opportunity to study with Peter Drucker, the father of modern management and the author of The Effective Executive. Drawing on Drucker's influence as well as his own years of experiences as a pastor, administrator and president, Beebe has developed a pyramid of leadership principles. The combination of these defines a leader of influence and integrity. In these pages you'll also meet some of Beebe's other mentors: Steve Sample of USC, Harold A. "Red" Poling of Ford Motor Company, Richard Foster of Renovaré, David McKenna of Asbury Seminary and Bob Emmons of Smart&Final. In a day of relentless self-direction, strong leaders have a critical role. With this book you can discover what it takes to be effective in your sphere of influence.

Author Bio

Gayle D. Beebe (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is president of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and past president of Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He serves as one of the general editors for He is also author of and coeditor of and Steve Forbes is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes, Inc. and Editor-in-Chief of magazine. A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is a four-time winner of the Crystal Owl Award, a prize the U.S. Steel Corporation used to award the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

Endorsements

Gayle Beebe's book is valuable precisely because it discusses how effective and moral leaders develop...[He] wonderfully applies the insights of Peter Drucker, his former professor and the father of modern management theories.
-Steve Forbes

Keep your highlighter handy! This book is brilliant--rich in wisdom, inviting in style and logical in structure. It is immensely, practically and immediately helpful. I'll admit my biases: great admiration for Gayle Beebe, huge respect for Peter Drucker and a warm friendship with the publisher, InterVarsity Press. Of any recent book on leadership, and there are many, I want this one close at hand.
-John D. Beckett,
chairman, The Beckett Companies, and author of Loving Monday and Mastering Monday

I am so thankful for Gayle Beebe. I am confident that you will share my gratitude for him when you have completed reading The Shaping of an Effective Leader. In this wise, practical and insightful book, Beebe serves as a trustworthy guide for helping us understand the meaning and expectations of leadership. Readers will gain a greater appreciation for the work of leaders and leadership teams, as well as the key aspects of effective organizations. I learned much from this book and heartily commend it to others.
-David S. Dockery,
president, Union University

This marvelous book on leadership is a product of Dr. Beebe's creative thinking and research, as well as his effective use of leadership concepts from other professional thinkers. The bottom line is this book is filled with challenging new ideas presented with great clarity. Whether you are just beginning your career, are a professional coaching top executives or have already achieved a significant leadership position, you will benefit from reading this insightful book...Those willing to look critically into the mirror of this book will unquestionably become more effective leaders.
-William T. Esrey,
retired chair and CEO, Sprint

This is not just another book on leadership. It is written by an effective leader who has achieved meaningful results in the organizations he has led. He shares with us lessons and principles he has learned from the mentoring relationships he had with Peter Drucker and other important thought leaders. It was Drucker who reminded us that a leader has only one choice to make--to lead or mislead. Gayle Beebe has chosen to lead. Read and learn from his wisdom and experience.
-C. William Pollard,
chairman emeritus, ServiceMaster

This book is for all individuals, organizations, schools and businesses, profit and nonprofit. During this time when leadership in political and industrial arenas has deteriorated, Beebe's book shows and develops the importance of maintaining clear convictions as we lead. The 'pyramid' of conditions for developing strong leadership makes it easy to discern where and how one is starting and where one is going.
-Leslie Ridley-Tree,
president and CEO, Pacific Air Industries

Every person who serves in leadership or aspires to needs to read this book...This book instructs without being pedantic, inspires without being clichéd and challenges without being arrogant. It reminds us that leadership is not only an art; it is a practice to be nurtured, cultivated and honed over a lifetime. Because the book frames the leadership experience in such helpful and formative ways, someone aspiring for insight born of experience and rigorous thinking will find a reservoir of valuable wisdom.
-Dr. Steve Moore,
executive director and CEO, The M. J. Murdock Trust

Editorial Reviews

"Every person who serves in leadership or aspires to needs to read this book. . . . This book instructs without being pedantic, inspires without being clichéd and challenges without being arrogant. It reminds us that leadership is not only an art; it is a practice to be nurtured, cultivated and honed over a lifetime. Because the book frames the leadership experience in such helpful and formative ways, someone aspiring for insight born of experience and rigorous thinking will find a reservoir of valuable wisdom."
"This book is for all individuals, organizations, schools and businesses, profit and nonprofit. During this time when leadership in political and industrial arenas has deteriorated, Beebe's book shows and develops the importance of maintaining clear convictions as we lead. The 'pyramid' of conditions for developing strong leadership makes it easy to discern where and how one is starting and where one is going."
"This is not just another book on leadership. It is written by an effective leader who has achieved meaningful results in the organizations he has led. He shares with us lessons and principles he has learned from the mentoring relationships he had with Peter Drucker and other important thought leaders. It was Drucker who reminded us that a leader has only one choice to make--to lead or mislead. Gayle Beebe has chosen to lead. Read and learn from his wisdom and experience."
"This marvelous book on leadership is a product of Dr. Beebe's creative thinking and research, as well as his effective use of leadership concepts from other professional thinkers. The bottom line is this book is filled with challenging new ideas presented with great clarity. Whether you are just beginning your career, are a professional coaching top executives or have already achieved a significant leadership position, you will benefit from reading this insightful book. . . . Those willing to look critically into the mirror of this book will unquestionably become more effective leaders."
"I am so thankful for Gayle Beebe. I am confident that you will share my gratitude for him when you have completed reading The Shaping of an Effective Leader. In this wise, practical and insightful book, Beebe serves as a trustworthy guide for helping us understand the meaning and expectations of leadership. Readers will gain a greater appreciation for the work of leaders and leadership teams, as well as the key aspects of effective organizations. I learned much from this book and heartily commend it to others."
"Keep your highlighter handy! This book is brilliant--rich in wisdom, inviting in style and logical in structure. It is immensely, practically and immediately helpful. I'll admit my biases: great admiration for Gayle Beebe, huge respect for Peter Drucker and a warm friendship with the publisher, InterVarsity Press. Of any recent book on leadership, and there are many, I want this one close at hand."
"Gayle Beebe's book is valuable precisely because it discusses how effective and moral leaders develop. . . . [He] wonderfully applies the insights of Peter Drucker, his former professor and the father of modern management theories."

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