Introducing John Wallace Whitehead, author of Servant Leadership: Leading Today for a Better Tomorrow

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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!

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Book description…

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.

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From A Preschool Teacher Who Became A University President

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Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes challenges she faced and lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title. She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started. The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.” Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning. This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields. And an enjoyable read for the rest.