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The Ascent of a Leader : How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence

Thrall, Bill; McNichol, Bruce; McElrath, Ken

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ISBN 10: 0787947660 / ISBN 13: 9780787947668
Published by Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, San Francisco, California, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"Solidly based on spiritual values, THE ASCENT OF A LEADER presents a process for developing character and influence in the context of community amid the kind of relationships and enviornment where character wins out, even in the face of setbacks and against the temptations to take shortcuts." This book has 205 pages and is illustrated. Bookseller Inventory # 007475

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Title: The Ascent of a Leader : How Ordinary ...

Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, San Francisco, California

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition {First Printing}

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A Leadership Network Publication
Become the leader people are proud to follow by opening yourself tothe influences that develop character: Anduring relationships withfriAnds, family, and God.Solidly based on Christian values, thispractical, visionary, and hope-filled book guides readers through astep-by-step process for developing both personal character and thenetwork of important relationships that enable character to winout, even in the face of setbacks, adversity, and temptations totake short cuts. Leadership is about character, the authors assert,and character weaves values like integrity, honesty, and selflessservice into the fabric of our lives, organizations, andcultures.

The Ascent of a Leader is written for ordinary people-mothers,husbands, bosses, secretaries, pastors, teachers, and students-whowant to develop extraordinary character, find and follow God's planfor their lives, and lead others where they need to go. We all haveinnate leadership potential. To maximize it, we must do much morethan develop performance-based skills, the authors assert. We mustconsciously choose who and what we allow to influence us, find anddevelop our humility, and build Anduring relationships withcolleagues, family, friAnds, and God. They offer engaging real-lifeexamples to show how we can grow into our true potential as leadersand inspire us to "make a difference in the 21st century-in ourfamilies, our communities, our companies, our government, and evenour world."
With a foreword by Ken Blanchard.

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Become the Leader People Want to Follow

You can become a leader that people want to follow by opening yourself to the influ- ences that develop character: enduring relationships with friends, family, and God. This compelling guide leads you through a process by which you can cultivate extraordinary character and influence in your home, your company, your community, and every other arena of your life.

"The Ascent of a Leader is a beautifully honest, deeply caring, and positively uplifting book. Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath show us with their compelling stories and inspiring message how magic happens when leaders of character nurture an environment filled with grace. This book embraces you, and once you've read it you won't ever forget it. In a world filled with so much cynicism and fear, this is one book that definitely will fill your heart and soul with hope and joy."
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and Encouraging the Heart; chairman, Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems

"The Ascent of a Leader reiterates a truth that is timeless: "No man is an island." Through well-chosen parables and real-life examples, Thrall, McNicol, and McElrath offer valuable lessons in interdependence and show us how to engender 'trust, creativity, and hope'—in ourselves and others."
—Jon Kyl, U.S. senator from Arizona

"The Ascent of a Leader fits in the fine lineage of Greenleaf's Servant Leadership and De Pree's Leadership Is an Art. A must-read for leaders who know and leaders who wonder about a deeper foundation and a higher pinnacle. Transcendent, transparent,and authentic."
—Daryl C. F. Wilson, general manager manufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc.

"Most leaders are familiar with and thrive on challenges and risks. The Ascent of a Leader deals with the greatest risks any of us can face: humility, transparency, and sacrifice. This book will challenge you in unique ways and help you view your calling with a new perspective."
—Jack Alexander, CEO, WorldTravel Partners

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