Friday, May 14, 2010

Book review: The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People by Kevin Leman and William Pentak

One of the major challenges of new leaders is how to get the confidence and management as quickly as possible.

In The Way of the Shepherd, Leman and Pentak impart sound management principles and practices in the form of a story about an up-and-coming manager learning leadership principles thru tending sheep.

The principles imparted are simple but powerful and after reading the book, I found myself creating a small card that outlines the principles discussed in this small book.

I have given copies of the book to other leaders in my organization and church. I never fail to get positive feedback on the book every time.

I recommend this book to every aspiring leader and to the 'seasoned' leader who needs a fresh perspective on leadership, albeit coming from ancient principles.

About the authors:
Dr. Kevin Leman, an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker, has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. The best-selling and award-winning author has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, including "The View" with Barbara Walters, "The Today Show," "Oprah," CBS's "The Early Show," "Live with Regis Philbin," CNN's "American Morning," and "LIFE Today" with James Robison, and he has served as a contributing family psychologist to "Good Morning America." He is the founder and president of Couples of Promise, an organization designed and committed to helping couples remain happily married. Dr. Leman is also a charter faculty member of He has written over 30 best-selling books about marriage and family issues, including "The Birth Order Book" and "Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage." Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson. They have five children.

William Pentak has twenty-two years of proven success in revitalizing under-performing organizations. An author, columnist, pastor, consultant and speaker, he has traveled across the nation delivering keynote addresses and seminars. An MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, William was one of the last hires made by Enron before the company imploded in bankruptcy. He currently works in External Communications at Reliant Energy in Houston, Texas.
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