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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (30 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761513698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761513698
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Servant -- A Review
Everyone serves. Some more than others. It is impossible to not serve either yourself, someone else or something else. The Servant - written by James C. Hunter, simply illustrates this fundamental of successful living in an easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down allegory about leadership through servanthood. These 187 pages are super-saturated with wisdom that can be absorbed by a grade-schooler. In fact, most of us have already learned the principles contained in this book, from our schoolteachers, our religious faith, our family and our friends. We need not to be taught so much as to be reminded.
Simeon, a monk whose chief role is to teach through servant leadership, achieves this task (as supporting protagonist) by gaining authority through altruism. Although told through the experiences of a fictitious "once-successful" businessman, John Daily, the story is about each one of our own natural inclinations, natures and choices. A cast of other supporting characters designed to symbolize a wide demographic variety proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the only villain in this story is self.
If you're interested in reading this book or giving it as a gift to either your staff, peers, family or friend, it will make an impression. If you're interested in improving relationships, this book is a must-read. You could spend a great deal more than $14.95(US) to get this kind of direction from other sources.
Donald Davis Business Development Manager Franklynn Industries, Inc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
The Servant is essentially a book about action. True to its name, the book conveys the essence of effective leadership through the powerful medium of humility. Its message is laid out in story format, a welcome departure from the lecturing approach of its "best selling" contemporaries. Embedded cleverly in its style are powerful insights into the nature of leadership made all the more powerful by the actual discovery process. Through its indirect and unassuming format, the reader is exposed to the basic truths of effective leadership and the means of activating these truths in the everyday management experience. The ideas conveyed in this work challenge the manager of today to redefine his leadership role in light of its most powerful, yet often overlooked component: service. The idea is profound, yet simple; presenting the manager with a choice to lead not by style, but by substance. In practice, the theories espoused in this work have proven themselves effectual because at the heart of them is the worth of the individual. Placing others before oneself, though a tried and proven concept, is sometimes difficult because of the human tendency towards "looking out for number one." In the end, however, it is the leader who becomes most adept at serving others that will gain the most influence in any organization. With influence comes the authority and respect to command the best from any individual; and where genuine commitment is present in the front lines, the stage is set for the organization's rise to excellence. In a market environment that demands nothing less, a manager simply can't afford to ignore the principles put forth in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
A story which systematically reveals an alternative to the 'survival of the fittest' syndrome which is so prevalent in society. Hunter offers the lead by showing the way to leadership with integrity. This must be read again and again for the wisdom to take root and produce fruit. But be ready to do some continual pruning. A book which has a wide accesibility: from the Stephen Covey guru to the person who is fed up with being dumped on.
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I feel qualified to give this a good review as I hold a senior leadership position in a large global corporate company. In the 21st century there is little room for the old "top down" heavily hierarchical organizations of the last century, as this is a recipe for disaster. Now the customer is king (and rightly so) and business must be completely focused on exceeding customer expectation. The simple premise of servant leadership is that you flip the org chart 180 degree's and from the CEO upwards each layer of leadership and management is there to support, empower and get the very best from the people they are responsible for. With a culture focused on delivering great customer value (which can be internal as well as external)it has the power to make good business's great and also turn around failing ones.

This book is a great introduction to the concepts of servant leadership and tells a story in a practical way that is easily digested and implementable into any leadership situation be it business related or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whilst the true essence of leadership is captured well within this book, to my mind it is overshadowed by the overly colloquial writing that detracts from the content. The points made give cause for thought, however they are one man's point of view. By all means take what you can from what is provided, but read with a critical eye.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Hunter wrote an exquisite book. The key to servant leadership is no secret. One only needs to look at the most important servant leader in our time -- Jesus Christ. The book, however, expands on how Christ's leadership style can and should be used in the world today. A very readable book.
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