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John Whitehead is a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a friend, a pastor, and a business owner. He has come to understand that in each of these areas, he is a leader. With being a leader comes the responsibility to lead others well. It is his intention to do so by being a servant leader who strives to emulate the greatest servant leader of all time: Jesus!
Do You Know That You’re a Leader? When confronted with the reality that each of us is a leader, the natural instinct is to say “No, I’m not.” But the truth is that from parenting to running a business, there are a myriad of ways that we are called to lead. However, many of us are working from ineffective models of leadership. We can see this in broken homes, fractured families, low educational achievement, business failures, and failing churches and ministries. As leaders, we are the sum of our experiences, and we must realize that those experiences have led us to repeat the same habits and make the same mistakes as those whose examples we have followed-parents, siblings, friends, coworkers, and mentors have all played a role in shaping how we currently lead those in our sphere of influence. Regardless of whom we have followed to this point, the best type of leadership is “servant leadership.” And we can follow an example that has not only been proven over time but has transcended every cultural dynamic for the last two thousand years-the example of Jesus of Nazareth. His servant leadership example is the most effective and transformational model in history and is readily available to us today. Servant Leadership: Leading Today for a Better Tomorrow is accessible, easy to follow, and its conclusions are well supported by studies, surveys, and research. It is a practical guide to effective leadership regardless of religious affiliation or faith, and it will become your trusted inspirational resource.