By Timothy Brown, SJ, and Patricia Sullivan, RSM
(St Pauls, Makati. C1997)
Good leaders need to set their own hearts on fire before they can hope to set the world ablaze. The authors compare the leadership characteristics of today’s business managers and leaders with those of Jesus Christ, using the acronym L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. to zero in on ten important qualities and spiritual resources of an effective leader. These qualities are Leadership, Empowerment, Attitude, Dialogue, Emotional Wisdom, Renewal, Shaping a Vision, Hope, Integrity, and Prayerfulness.
In a world desperate for good, honest, caring leadership, this book makes the case that what’s needed most today is not the cultivation of corporate profits, but the cultivation of corporate prophets. Psalm 20 is recommended as a Prayer for a Leader.
Included in each chapter/quality are practical tools in the form of contemplative readings, reflections and prayers, questions and exercises to help the reader reflect upon his/her own leadership style and to discover what he/she can do to become a better leader.
Those at any level of leadership in business, education, parishes, religious and charismatic communities and organizations will find much here to assist them in becoming more effective Christian leaders.