Goshen, IN (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
In their daily rituals of earning a living and (in many parts of the world) surviving to see another day, people everywhere are linked by common bonds. Along with the universal need to feel useful and respected, they want to know they can trust their leaders to do the right thing by them. Bill Flint, President and CEO of Flint Strategic Partners and author of the recent book, “The Journey To Competitive Advantage Through Servant Leadership,” wants to help organizations and leaders understand that building a sustainable competitive advantage first requires building an “environment of caring, mutual trust and respect between leaders and the people they are called to lead".
This is not a routine, standard-issue handbook of rules for management. Published by Westbow Press, a Division of Thomas Nelson, Flint’s book draws on his own 38 years of manufacturing experience; with 28 of those years as a senior executive in several mid-sized and two Fortune 500 companies. Although he learned much from his own leadership journey, he also learned by watching other leaders, both the positive and negative impact their actions had on companies and people. He stated the goal of his book “is to help leaders and organizations understand it is truly possible to build the company every person dreams of working for and every president has a vision of leading."
Flint stated, “There is a growing gap between leadership and the workforce brought on by stress, distrust, frustration and a lack of training for leaders. Leadership is dealing with tough economic times, uncertain government regulations, a diverse workforce, and the challenge of finding and keeping good workers despite high unemployment. The workforce is threatened by persistent layoffs, reduced hours and benefits, declining 401-K plans, and the perception that leadership doesn’t really care about them.”
Flint believes “servant leaders”, those who are able to develop a successful business by genuinely caring for and knowing how to bring out the best in people, is the foundation for developing sustainable success in spite of today’s tough business climate. It’s a leadership style that:
- Treats people as the most important asset in the company.
- See’s people not as they are today, but their potential.
- Encourages, inspires, and motivates their people.
- Learns to trust, which brings reliability, predictability, and accountability.
- Knows that the more listening they do the smarter they will become as leaders.
The infinite variety of talent in the world needs the right style of leadership, communication and guidance to help people discover and reach their potential. Flint observes that no one goes to work to fail, to produce bad products or intentionally have a bad day. With the right leadership, they will understand what needs to be accomplished and why. With the right motivation, encouragement and support, they will come together as a community to achieve company goals. Servant leaders have discovered their purpose is to make a difference in the lives of the people they lead.
To help companies develop leaders and a culture of servant leadership, Flint has just released a new trademarked training process with the same name as his book, The Journey To Competitive Advantage Through Servant Leadership. Flint said, "The training process was developed because great leaders are not developed by accident. It takes a purpose, passion, a plan and a process. It is a journey that never ends.” The training process was developed for any size company and consists of Four Modules with 4 to 6 sessions in each module. Each interactive session lasts from 2 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group. Flint also indicated he can reduce the sessions into one hour speaking engagements for special events, conferences and conventions.
Flint stated the goals for his training process are to help companies develop leaders who:
- Focus on helping their people discover and reach their potential.
- Nurture, motivate, encourage and inspire their people.
- Work toward the same vision, goals, objectives and priorities.
- Improve the way people and departments work together.
- Improve their communication and conflict resolution skills.
- Create a teaching and learning environment that reinforces servant leadership values.
- Develop an environment where people are working together to maximize the collective potential and results of the company and people.
Over a 40-year period Bill has lived in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin and Indiana as he navigated a successful business career that included 28 years in senior management positions and 12 years as president of two separate manufacturing companies; including one company with annual sales of $125 million and ten manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico and Europe.
He is, President and CEO of Flint Strategic Partners, a strategic consulting, coaching and leadership training firm he founded in April 2010 in Goshen, Indiana to help companies focus on strategy, leadership development and closing the gap between their vision and the resuls they are achieving.
Bill and his wife, Kay, currently live in Goshen, where they teach a Young Married Sunday School class at Nappanee Missionary Church and Bill serves on the church board. Bill and Kay are also the parents of two adult sons and enjoy their two grandsons, who have given Bill his favorite title, “Pop Pops”.
“The Journey to Competitive Advantage through Servant Leadership” is his first book. Currently, it is among the top 10 best-selling books out of 4,700 books on Amazon in the servant leadership category in the U.S., France, Italy, Canada, UK, Spain, China and Germany. It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and many other book retailers.
His book has also been nominated for book of the year by Forward Review in the Career category. The winners will be announced during the American Library Association annual convention in Anaheim, California during June.
For more information about Bill's book or information regarding the servant leadership training process, newsletter and upcoming Free Webinars contact Bill: bflint(at)flintpartners(dot)com, visit his web-site: http://www.servantleaders.org or call 888-395-9054.