Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Servant Notes

I'm participating in a book discussion of James C. Hunter's The Servant. Here a couple notes I've taken on it (thus far):

Ch. 1
  • Management is not something you do to other people
  • You manage things, you lead people
  • (Def.) Leadership: The skill of influencing people to work enthusiastically toward goals identified as being for the common good
  • (Def.) Power: The ability to force or coerce someone to do your will, even if they would choose not to, because of your position or your might.
  • (Def.) Authority: The skill of getting people to willingly do your will because of your personal influence.
  • Authority is about who you are as a person, your character, and the influence you've built with people.
  • Power erodes relationships
  • When power must be exercised the leader should reflect on why resorting to power was necessary
  • Behavior is choice
  • (Def.) $25,000 Challenge: The idea that for the right motivation anyone can modify their behavior
  • Challenge for the leader is to pick the character traits that need work and apply [edit] the $25,000 Challenge to them
  • Key then to leadership is accomplishing tasks at hand while building relationships
  • Without trust, it is difficult if not impossible to maintain a good relationship

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