"How effective would leaders be if they led the way the psalmist David led his flock of sheep? This is a question posed by David Davenport and Blaine McCormick in Shepherd Leadership. The authors recognize a trend in today's society toward higher levels of servant leadership, but seek to improve even that. They use the 23rd psalm to illustrate ways to lead and serve one's followers better.
"By breaking the psalm into several parts, the authors apply it to various tasks of leadership while using modern examples to keep the reader engaged. The authors write from experience: Davenport is the former president of Pepperdine University, and McCormick is a former professor at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.
"While they use the imagery of a shepherd caring for a flock of sheep, the authors keep the book relevant to most leaders by the way they frame it. Each chapter serves as a guidepost, presenting one issue at a time. They move from simple things, such as merely meeting the basic needs of followers, to more complex issues along the lines of using conflict between followers positively. If the authors had simply offered advice and used the shepherd imagery, it would have meant less than the melding of principles and application that are provided within.
"Shepherd Leadership is an interesting read with an unusual take on leadership, giving the reader some serious points to think about. I can recommend this book to anyone who is currently heading an organization and to people looking for new and different ways to lead." -- Joshua B. Hornbarger, Christian Book Previews.com
Today's professionals need reliable models to teach them how to become better leaders. In this remarkable book, leadership experts Blaine McCormick and David Davenport introduce us to a new kind of leader by offering a new image of leadership— the leader as shepherd. Drawing on the wisdom of the timeless Twenty-Third Psalm, King David's psalm, the authors provide professionals with ancient wisdom for grappling with today's leadership challenges. Shepherd Leadership offers a much-needed lens through which to consider our own leadership as well as the leadership of those around us. This important book teaches us important lessons about leadership: we can be vigilant without being adversarial, we can serve without being passive, and we can guide without commanding. Shepherd Leadership offers a visionary new model for transforming leadership practices in both corporate and small business settings. This is whole-person leadership. It's not just a matter of thinking or doing things a certain way. It's a fully integrated life— a matter of head and hand and heart. It's a way of thinking and doing and being.