The Respectful Leader by Gregg Ward — Book Review

Although this is not specifically Christian, my borrowed copy came from Liberty University, so it is being read by Christians.  I’ve been studying a variety of books on leadership since that was a focus of our Fanning the Flame process (see Fanning the Flame #20 –The Leadership Dynamic).

The author, Gregg Ward, makes his point about respectful leading (which he also calls servant leadership) by creating a business “fable.”  Des Hogan, newly hired CEO of COR-Med has a mission — turn this failing subsidiary around in 6 months.  He’s surrounded by disrespect on all sides — employees and his boss.  Only Grace, an older maintenance employee seems to have the coaching skills necessary to help Des create a team that can improve performance.  It all hinges on respect.

Respectful Leadership is defined as:

“… giving others –regardless of their (or your) rank or status–the same kind of genuine regard and consideration that you want them to give you.”

It takes intentionality, emotional intelligence and conscious, consistent effort to lead respectfully, sincerely and effectively.

The benefits of respectful leading?

  • You will be more respected
  • Your team will be more respectful, productive, collaborative, trusting. loyal and willing to go the extra mile when necessary
  • You’ll be more resilient and better able to lead during times of transition and crisis
  • You will experience greater composure, confidence and satisfaction in your work
  • You will make a positive difference with others

Certainly all Christians who are leaders — and we all lead someone–should be respectful, servant leaders both within the congregation and in their workplaces.  This short book gives a list of helpful “dos” and “don’ts” that will help anyone improve their leadership style.

VERDICT:  5 stars