Leadership by the Book: Tools to Transform Your Workplace

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Best-selling authors Kenneth Blanchard, Bill Hybels, and Phil Hodges offer a unique, compelling, and paradigm-shifting model that effectively interweaves successful leadership methods with character development principles based on the teachings of history's most influential leader, Jesus Christ. Told in the parable format of The One Minute Manager and Raving Fans, Leadership by the Book offers unexpected and exceptional answers to crucial leadership issues today - helping leaders in all walks of life to fulfill their calling and help others do the same.

Is there any common ground between leadership success strategies on one hand, and the Biblical principles regarding character on the other?

Yes! And this new book - from three of America's most successful and compassionate leaders - clearly and creatively explains the answer. With unique value for leaders of all kinds, Leadership by the Book interweaves character development principles with successful leadership methods - using the example and words of Jesus as the catalyst and framework for it all.

The framework for the sound and practical teachings of this unique and powerful book is a story about three acquaintances who each have something vital to learn. One is a businessman who, after years of fabulous success, finally comes face to face with the emptiness in his soul. His struggle becomes critical when a heart attack leaves him hovering near death. This crisis brings together two figures from his past - a teacher of leadership strategies, and a successful pastor. Their renewed interaction leads them all to deeper discoveries of the value of biblical leadership principles.

In Leadership by the Book readers - particularly company presidents, corporate leaders, middle managers, department heads, parents, coaches, community leaders, pastors, lay leaders, and others - will learn the very practical side of Christ's teachings on leadership. And they'll learn that truly effective leadership cannot be divorced from the character issues that Jesus taught.

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About the Author:

Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D., is the co-author of The One Minute Manager, Gung Ho!, and eleven other blockbuster books. His titles have combined sales of more than twelve million copies in more than twenty-five languages. A sought-after speaker, author, and business consultant, Blanchard is one of the most insightful and influential leaders in business today. He and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded Blanchard Training and Development, Inc., a full-service global management training and consulting firm, in their hometown of San Diego, California in 1979.

Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois - a congregation that has grown to more than 16,000 under his effective leadership. He has written a number of best-selling books including Who You Are When No One's Looking, Too Busy Not to Pray, Honest to God?, Becoming a Contagious Christian, and many more. A popular conference speaker around the world, he and his wife, Lynne, reside in Barrington with their two children.

Phil Hodges has held a variety of human resource leadership staff positions for the past thirty years. An advocate for older people in the workplace, he also has extensive experience in interpersonal dispute resolution and is certified by the County of Los Angeles as a mediator. Phil has used his leadership skills in numerous volunteer activities. Most recently, he completed six years as chairman of his home church, which has a congregation of 3,000. Phil and his wife, Jane, reside in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

About the Author:

Ken Blanchard, PhD, is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books, including Raving Fans and Gung Ho! (with Sheldon Bowles). His groundbreaking works have been translated into over 40 languages and their combined sales total more than 21 million copies. In 2005 he was inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time. The recipient of numerous leadership awards and honors, he is cofounder with his wife, Margie, of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a leading international training and consulting firm.

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