Book Review - Lead Like Jesus

1386 Words Oct 25th, 2008 6 Pages
In their book Lead Like Jesus Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges encourage readers to ask themselves three key questions:
1) Am I a leader? (pg. 4)
2) Am I willing to follow Jesus as my leadership role model? (pg. 11)
3) How do I lead like Jesus? (pg. 19)

The authors try to define who is a leader. They say “Leadership is a process of influence. Anytime you seek to influence the thinking, behaviour, or development of people in their personal or professional lives, you are taking on the role of a leader.” (pg. 5) You might be a parent, a teacher, a nurse, a pastor, a coach, or an adult child helping her aging parents. There are differences between being a “life leader” (such as a parent) and an “organizational leader” (a manager in a
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• Head—What are your beliefs and viewpoints about leadership?
• Hands—Do you set clear goals and measure performance, consistently following up with those you lead?
• Habits— How do you refresh and renew yourself as a leader?
Blanchard & Hodges, guide readers through the process of discovering how to lead like Jesus. It really could be described as the process of aligning two internal domains, the heart & the head and two external domains, the hands & the habits. These four dimensions of leadership form the outline for this very practical and transformational book. Blanchard & Hodges believe that the application of the true meaning of leading like Jesus to the heart, head, hands and habits will enable individuals to modify and transform their leadership styles.

I think the one area that leaders struggle with most is with their EGO. It seems that they let their ego get in the way of their success as they only think about what they want without considering what it could do for others. Is leading by Ego the best way? Yes, we want to be successful, but at what cost? I believe full heartly that ego can lead to success in the short-term but like the leaders of fallen giants like Enron & Arthur Anderson will tell you, it can catch up to you. We can only fill our ego for so long before it needs more. One of the questions one has to ask himself/herself to keep their ego in check is, “Am I here to be served or to serve?” Blanchard and Hodges assert that self-serving
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