The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community 

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Stahl-Wert, Ken Jennings

Narrated By: Jeff Hoyt

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Date: February 2016

Duration: 3 hours 54 minutes


The Serving Leader
Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community, 10th Anniversary Edition, Revised and Expanded

It's people who make organizations great, so how can leaders best help their people achieve that greatness? As Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert show in this new edition of their bestseller, you can't just demand greatness—you have to inspire it. The most effective leaders don't just stand in front of their people, they stand behind them too. As one of the characters in the book notes, “You qualify to be first by putting other people first.” This concept sounds paradoxical, but it leads to extraordinary outcomes—and The Serving Leader shows precisely how and why.

While Jennings and Stahl-Wert use a compelling fictional story to outline the basics of Serving Leadership, all the characters in it are based on real people, the organizations depicted are based on real organizations—and the results they achieved are what really happened. This edition features a new foreword by Ken Blanchard, a new introduction, and a new chapter checking back in with Mike, the main character, to see what he has learned in the twelve years since he embraced Serving Leadership

On one level this is the most practical guide available to implementing Serving Leadership; on a deeper level, it is a book about the personal journey of growth that real leadership requires. Great organizations are great because they're filled with people who freely choose to do their very best. It's a maddeningly simple concept yet stunningly hard to execute. Jennings and Stahl-Wert show leaders how to earn that kind of commitment.


  • Steven Van Eerden

    The author does a fantastic job making the distinction between the Servant Leader as a noun and the Serving Leader as a verb. The difference between the "Servant theory" and intentional "Serving practice" is the difference between status quo with a more informed populace and a society of active engagement that can lead to real, positive and impactful change. The significance of the message is further enhanced by brilliance of the messaging within a fictional story. Well done, John and Ken.

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