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    • 978-1-03-910972-8
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 174 pages
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    • 978-1-03-910973-5
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 174 pages
  • Keywords
    • leadership skills,
    • leader and follower,
    • how to lead,
    • servant leadership,
    • leaders in the Bible,
    • leader relationships,
    • Christian leadership

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Leadership: Different & Servant-like
A Framework of Insight That Will Help You “Master” Servant-Leadership
by Bruce Ratzlaff and Verna Ratzlaff

You’ve no doubt heard “servant-leadership” presented as today’s model of choice! You may be unaware, that leading experts contend that the term “servant-leadership” remains either undefined or at best, underdefined. By virtue of the name, you’d expect it would be different in a good way – undeniably better! But is it? Other observers say that today’s servant-leadership modelling is deeply flawed, rarely practiced, misunderstood, and potentially harmful. Mostly, it exists as a concept that each leader defines for themselves and then self-validates. Though trying to function as a servant-leader, isn’t it true that a leader must act “master-like” to perform? How can one be both a master and a servant – and lead? Might role confusion be a root-cause of the common sense of disillusionment and distrust toward present-day leaders? What is the source and functional effect of these seeming contradictions? With over six decades of combined experience at the highest levels of leadership, the authors unpack a research project that starts at the beginning. About 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ made this statement: “with you it (leadership) will be different (and servant-like).” So, is it? Is your leadership measurably “different”? Different the right ways? Is it really “servant-like” as intended by the first person to speak of the idea? On what basis do you assess this and know for sure? Do you have the self-awareness to recognize when your leadership methods are reflecting the “master” within (ego, self) and at odds with “different and servant-like” leadership? The research compiled in this book uniquely links Biblical and contemporary sources, to provide relevant and practical answers to these vital questions and more. By reading this book, you will discover: • Why there is an inherent problem with modern-day theories of Servant-leadership. • The paradigm influence of the behind-the-scenes “master” when leading. • The specific “differences” that distinguish Servant-leaders from those who are not. • How to personally align the “master” and “servant” roles in your leadership. • A refreshing self-awareness of the internal tensions you face when trying to live the servant-leadership model. • An enjoyable walk-through of lessons and uncommon stories in the Bible that offer specific and powerful insight into issues of real-world leadership. Practical to the core and refreshingly clear, this book provides a step-by-step construct of thought. You find new empowerment, awareness, leadership grounding clarity, and a fresh orientation to lead with authenticity.

"A shaft of light on a way of being and doing in the real-world of leadership and rooted in the greatest source literature on leadership. . ." Terry C. Young, Ph D. "From a practitioner basis, this books call for genuine Servant-leadership is the antidote for what is often delaying or destroying the mission." Jeff Anderson. Ph D. "With the practical and personal applications that is motivation and encouraging, this is a book to include in your library." Dr. Henry Schorr. "Great discernment about what separates servant leaders from others." Dr. Kevin Schular. "I could not put it down, and very much enjoyed this book. It was food for my soul." Alex Lerch, Business Executive. "It was an absolute pleasure reading this book. It's so applicable to everyone." Kyla Stock. Consultant, Writer, Editor.

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The authors enjoy sharing their real-world leadership learnings through practical guidance for those seeking to lead more effectively. Their leader development work spans Canada and abroad.


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