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Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 3.44.22 PMRecently as I was stranded in Nairobi for three(3) days, I woke up at four in the morning to switch on the TV to see if there are any news on the fire that destroyed the International Arrivals Hall of the Nairobi Airport. Browsing between the few channels available I ended up watching an interview on Al Jazeera with Reza Aslan, author of the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Provoked by his views and findings about Jesus, and the obvious hyped created by the devastating Fox interview he had a few days prior, I downloaded the book on my iPad and started to read.

With limited internet access available I tried to get a better understanding of who Aslan is, where he comes from, and why his obsession with Jesus; after all he claims to be a Muslim. In the opening of his book he explains how he founded Jesus at fifteen years of age and later converted to Islam due to, according to him, the more accurate way in which Islam describes God. Born in Iran and moved to the USA at age seven(7), Aslan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religions, a Masters of Theological Studies, a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, focusing in the history of religion, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


limp-bookEvery now and then I come across a book that forces me to stop, and reflect on my current leadership style; ‘Leading with a Limp’ is one of them. Most of the time people are encouraged to lead from a place of strength. Admitting to one’s weaknesses and struggles are often seen as inappropriate in our western culture, however Allender challenges this worldview. His book ‘Leading with a Limp’ reminds us that “if you are a leader, you’re in the battle of your life,” and therefore leading from your point of weakness might just be the edge you need. Allender summarizes it as follow, “to the degree you face and name and deal with your failures as a leader, to that same extent you will create an environment conducive to growing and retaining productive and committed colleagues”.

Married with three children, Dan B. Allender is the founder of Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle. Previously served as the president, he is a professor in counseling, a therapist in private practice, and a popular speaker. He is the author of numerous books including ‘To Be Told’, ‘How Children Raise Parents’, ‘The Healing Path’, and ‘The Wounded Heart’.

I just love the way John Adair begins his book by setting the parameters of his personal understanding of leadership. It is as if he invites you on a journey into the unknown, and explains the way you are going to get there. “It is the art of influencing a body of people to follow a certain course of action; the art of controlling them, directing them and getting the best out of them. A major part of leadership is Man-Management

‘How to Grow Leaders’ is an experiential story of Adair’s “personal odyssey” in his discovering of leadership. With many years of experience and often referred to as “one of Britain’s foremost authorities on leadership in organisations”, Adair recently received the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his ‘outstanding research and contribution in the field of Leadership’ by the People’s Republic of China. Being the first professor in Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey, he has been the author of more than 30 books on the subject of leadership.

Generation iY

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Book Reviews, Generations

Almost summarizing the purpose of the book in one sentence, Cathy D.T. gives his supportive statement and sets the tone of the book, by writing in the forward, that “we all have an influential role to play in nurturing this next generation” (2010, p9).

‘Generation iY’ draws a picture of the challenges faced by the next generation of leaders, as well as to what might happen if insufficient attention is given now at an early stage of their development. ‘Generation iY’ is written by Tim Elmore who served as the vice-president of leadership development at EQUIP (a John Maxwell company) for seven years before founding and still acting as president of ‘Growing Leaders’; a non-profit with the mission to develop young leaders who will transform society. Elmore has written more than 20 books and speaks regularly to students at campuses across the USA using principles, images, and stories to strengthen leaders (Source: growingleaders). (more…)

Being Global

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Book Reviews, Missional Leadership

When I saw the subtitle of the book, ‘How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World’, I immediately knew this book was going to be different, especially when the introduction started with the words “Being Global is not an Option. It’s an Imperative” .

‘Being Global’ sets a new context for global leadership, illustrating both the challenges and the opportunities facing today’s executives. Written by two dynamic and well acknowledged people in their respective fields, both are serving in different capacities at the ‘Thunderbird School of Global Management’. Cabrera who was a former dean of the Instituto de Empresa, one of Europe’s leading business schools, and is currently the president of the school. He received recognition by ‘The World Economic Forum’ as a “Young Global Leader” who named him chairman of its Global Agenda Council on Entrepreneurship in 2008. Gregory Unruh is a sought after leader and the director of the school’s Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management. He is an inspirational speaker and the author of numerous articles and books such as; ‘Energy Policy’, ‘Journal of Business Strategy and the Environment’, ‘Journal of Economic Issues’, ‘Ecological Economics’, and ‘Journal of Environment and Development Economics’ (Source: gregoryunruh) (more…)