Reviewing Leadership by Banks and Ledbetter looks to review and evaluate the concept of leadership in our culture today. Initially the book looks to the rise in the interest of leadership and the development of leadership within churches. The book also delves into trends and societal issues while it forecasts that the central theme of leadership is the concept of values.
On the other hand, the authors look to see how some people's faith affects their approach about leadership and use the example of the Apostle Paul. After the book addresses the interest in leadership today it looks to provide Biblical contemporary and historical aspects of leadership. The Biblical and contemporary aspects that Banks and Ledbetter include are …show more content…
One key idea that stuck out from the book was the idea of servant-leadership which the authors proclaim that “the servant leader is servant first. It begins with the conscious feeling that one wants to serve first- and that conscious choice brings one aspire to lead” (Banks & Ledbetter, 2004, p. 126-127). The experience that sticks out the most is back in college when I when I worked at a Books A Million bookstore. This is where I believed where I started off as a servant and contributed to me becoming a servant leader.
As a young worker in the bookstore I did not necessarily agree with all the decisions that management made especially around holidays. I believe the bookstore was only closed Two day out of the years which were Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. The manager and the assistant manager could never be found all the holidays and days leading up to Christmas and Thanksgiving. I remember working one Christmas Eve with a handful of new personnel who had only been at the books store for a few weeks and didn’t have too much experience at the time. This really got under my skin and gave me the aspiration to lead. At this time I felt that key management needed to care more about the employees than themselves.
I vowed that upon completion of my degree and upon commissioning into the United States Air Force that I would to serve