The Learning of Love: A Journey Toward Servant Leadership

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In this highly personal book, William B. Turner of Columbus, Georgia, chronicles his life and the spiritual journey that led him to embrace the concept of servant leadership. The journey began on his eighth birthday when his grandfather, industrialist W. C. Bradley, anointed him the head of two large corporations. He resisted the expectations that were set upon him and was led by the examples of his predecessors (grandfather and father) and by God to adopt the principle of servant leadership.

William Turners contribution of servant leadership, which is based on spirit-filled love, is the hope of the future because it leads to God. Fortune Magazine named Synovus Financial Corporation the Best Place to Work in America. More important than the accolades he and his associates and companies have received, however, is the daily evidence of people caring about one another and of peoples creativity being unleashed as they explore who they are and what they can do in the workplace.

Within these pages you will walk through the tapestry of Turners journey that threads together family, church, business, and community to create a pattern for living and practicing servant leadership.

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William B. Turner is chairman of the Executive Committee of Synovus Financial Corporation, Treasurer of the Bradley-Turner Foundation, Chairman of the Pastoral Institute, and former Chairman of the W.C. Bradley Company. He was on the University of Georgia Board of Regents for nine years, a Trustee of Emory University, and a Senior High School Sunday School teacher for 52 years. He and his wife, Sue Marie, reside in Columbus, Georgia.

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As a business executive, committed Christian, and nurturer of families, William Turner has touched the lives of thousands by making Christian servant leadership his lifes goal. His wisdom and love of God make his story and legacy a great gift for both the business and church communities. -- President Jimmy Carter

Most of us struggle daily to balance faith, family, work and community. The Learning of Love is a welcome reminder that these priorities can and should become mutually reinforcing. Bill Turners book illustrates in words what he has done by example for years - - how to live a full, abundant life through full, abundant use of all of Gods gifts in our daily challenges. -- Sam Nunn, Former United States Senator and Partner - King & Spalding Washington, DC

This testament in the form of Bill Turners biography is the story of the spiritual journey of a great business leader who is surely on of Gods lieutenants. He has brought and continues to bring the belief that God is love into living practice with his family, his community and his businesses. His creed that no one can be a leader who is afraid to fail has taken him to a new kind of leadership the servant leader leading from the bottom up in order to give others the chance to lead and to spread Gods love. -- Griffin B. Bell, Former Attorney General of the United States

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