Shepherd Leadership: Wisdom for Leaders from Psalm 23 : Monday, April 5, 2004
April 5 2004 by Blaine McCormick and David Davenport. Jossey-Bass. 149 pages. $14.95.

Shepherd Leadership: Wisdom for Leaders from Psalm 23 : Monday, April 5, 2004
Monday, April 5, 2004

Shepherd Leadership: Wisdom for Leaders from Psalm 23

By Blaine McCormick and David Davenport. Jossey-Bass. 149 pages. $14.95.
Review by Wayne Hager

The 23rd Psalm is possibly the most memorized passage of scripture in the Bible. Young children learn it and mature people recite it for comfort. McCormick and Davenport see more than just spiritual comfort in the 23rd Psalm. They see a good model for leaders, not only in churches but business as well.

In order to make their point, the authors sometimes stretch the analogy of the shepherd a bit too far, and they sometimes admit that they are moving beyond the strict boundaries of the image of a shepherd. Nevertheless, this is an excellent book that points out that leaders can be vigilant without being adversarial, serve without being passive, and can guide without commanding.

I particularly took chapter one to heart, which is entitled, "Shepherds Transform Conflict." Most leaders attempt to keep conflict from happening, but the authors point out there is such a thing as "healthy" conflict. The problem is that most conflict is interpersonal rather than intellectual. The shepherd leader seeks a culture in which destructive conflict is held in check, while healthy conflict contributes to productivity.

I also found their concept of "seeing the immortal soul" within people as an important adjustment to the attitude of a leader.

This book is well written and not overly detailed. It can be utilized by anyone, in any job situation where leadership and supervision are required. Shepherd Leadership is not a book of techniques but rather a guide to a particular spiritual life, which will make a more effective leader.

4/5/2004 12:00:00 AM by Blaine McCormick and David Davenport. Jossey-Bass. 149 pages. $14.95. | with 0 comments




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