Leadership is a calling. And servant leadership, the idea that managing with respect, honesty, love, and spirituality empowers employees, helps individuals answer that calling. This book by James Autry, former Fortune 500 executive, is a practical guide to using the principles necessary for implementing a servant leadership model. Includes how to: Provide guidance during conflict and crisisAssure your continued growth and progress as a leader Train managers in the principles of servant leadership Transform a company with morale problems into a great place to work
A Practical Guide to Using the Principles of Servant Leadership
Leadership is a calling. And servant leadership—the idea that managing with respect, honesty, love, and spirituality empowers employees—helps individuals answer that calling. Bestselling author and former Fortune 500 executive James A. Autry reveals the servant leader’s tools, a set of skills and ideals that will transform the way business is done. It helps leaders nurture the needs and goals of those who look to them for leadership. The result is a more productive, successful, and happier organization, and a more meaningful life for the leader. Autry reveals how to remain true to the servant leadership model when handling day-to-day and long-term management situations, including how to:
•Provide guidance during conflict and crisis
•Assure your continued growth and progress as a leader
•Train managers in the principles of servant leadership
•Transform a company with morale problems into a great place to work
Practiced by one-third of the companies on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, servant leadership is a thriving philosophy. Ultimately, Autry explores how it can be a valuable, refreshing, and rewarding approach to leading others in business life.
“When I first read Jim’s work, I was thrilled. Finally, someone had clearly and con-cisely articulated these principles in a way that people can quickly adopt into their lives.”—from the foreword by Howard Behar, retired president, Starbucks
“This is an awesome book. James Autry’s gift is that he brings lofty ideals down to earth with general illustrations that make them easy to understand and apply. I highly recommend it!”—Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul
“The Servant Leader describes the kind of leadership upon which Starbucks Coffee Company has been built and is a concept that is closely aligned with our mission and guiding principles.” —Howard Schultz, chairman, Starbucks
James A. Autry was president of the magazine group for Meredith Corporation, responsible for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal. He is the author of eight books, including Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership. Currently a business consultant with an active speaking schedule, Autry lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
"This is an awesome book. James Autry's gift is that he brings lofty ideals down to earth with general illustrations that make them easy to understand and apply. I highly recommend it!" —Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work.
"The Servant Leader illuminates a clear path to personal, spiritual, and material actualization, which, in return, creates an infinite circle of prosperity." —Tom Gould, retired chairman and CEO, Younkers, Inc.
"Quite simply, this is an extraordinary book. It is a classic already and the first truly great leadership book of the new century." —John Noble, director, Greenleaf Center, UK
"The Servant Leader is really the best field guide I've seen for helping managers transform themselves into true leaders." —Doug Greene, CEO, New Hope Group
"Servant leadership is a bold step toward a necessary redefinition of business as an arena of caring and not a mere instrument for producing profit." —Sam Keen, author, Hymns to an Unknown God and Fire in the Belly