• The Serving Leader

  • Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community
  • By: Ken Jennings, John Stahl-Wert
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hoyt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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The Serving Leader

By: Ken Jennings,John Stahl-Wert
Narrated by: Jeff Hoyt
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Publisher's Summary

It's people who make organizations great, so how can leaders best help their people achieve that greatness? As Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert show in this new edition of their best seller, you can't just demand greatness - you have to inspire it.

The most effective leaders don't just stand in front of their people, they stand behind them too. As one of the characters in the book notes, "You qualify to be first by putting other people first." This concept sounds paradoxical, but it leads to extraordinary outcomes - and The Serving Leader shows precisely how and why.

While Jennings and Stahl-Wert use a compelling fictional story to outline the basics of serving leadership, all the characters in it are based on real people; the organizations depicted are based on real organizations, and the results they achieve are what really happened. This edition features a new foreword by Ken Blanchard, a new introduction, and a new chapter checking back in with Mike, the main character, to see what he has learned in the 12 years since he embraced serving leadership.

On one level this is the most practical guide available to implementing serving leadership; on a deeper level, it is a book about the personal journey of growth that real leadership requires. Great organizations are great because they're filled with people who freely choose to do their very best. It's a maddeningly simple concept, yet it's stunningly hard to execute. Jennings and Stahl-Wert show leaders how to earn that kind of commitment.

©2003, 2004, 2016 Ken Jennings, John Stahl-Wert, and the Blanchard Family Partnership (P)2016 Ken Jennings, John Stahl-Wert, and the Blanchard Family Partnership

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Great book and great audio presentation.

This was my first audiobook. I have always been a “must touch and turn the page type of person.” I went on my hour long Sunday walked and decided to try it out and loved it. I am now hooked. Jeff Hoyt did a great job narrating.

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Thankful to have read

Amazing life lessons for everyone through story telling makes this book fun to read over and over again

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useful for leadership growth

great educational book without the educational tone. useful informative examples to take with you in roles of leadership.

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Truly inspiring

Servant leadership is on the rise but never have I heard it that servant leadership is action forward leadership style that encompasses all areas of life.

This is a wonderful book!

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Transformational!

This philosophy is so common sense, and it is far to rarely implemented. We need more Leaders with the courage to succeed.

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Every business should read this

Wonderful story and powerful message. I listened to it a few times over and learned something new each time

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High Five 4 the Five high hints!

The serving leader, a deserving listen for all readers, as being short but prompting powerful points.

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A most worthy book in the pursuit of being...

...a great human being and then a great leader. The concepts shared can be found among a dozen or more great leadership books, but what sets this apart is the synthesis of the principles and a readable story. I recommend this highly for those who care about building others and trying to leave a legacy they can be proud of.

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The best Servant Leadership book I've read

This book was incredibly easy to understand and inspiring. The servant leadership principles are presented in a common sense way. Jeff Hoyt was, by far, the best narrator I've ever listened to. I was so thankful for the final chapter. The author did a great job of pulling it all together and presenting the application of the principles to life and business. If you are at all interested in SL, get this book!

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One of the Best

This is one of the best leadership books I've come across. There are so many truths and I hope that I will be able to live them out as well.

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Fiction or Nonfiction?

Not sure where to put this book. It written as if it is a work of fiction to engage a storyteller perspective and yet it lacks the art that goes together with fiction. On the other hand it also has nonfictional elements integrated in it. It is neither great as fiction nor brilliant as nonfiction. Not bad but also not easy to listen to. Maybe reading it is better.