Great Leaders Are Not Developed By Accident. It Takes Purpose, Passion, A Plan and A Process. It Is A Journey That Never Ends.
Goshen, Indiana (PRWEB) August 14, 2012
After suddenly finding himself unemployed at the age of 61, business leader and executive Bill Flint faced a gloomy economy, an uncertain future and a feeling that he was being punished. He refers to it as a time when Faith and Fear collided; it was his, “Now what, God?” moment. Life’s challenges are often shadowy and complicated, but because of his trust in God he wanted Faith to win. Flint is the author of the new book and training process “The Journey to Competitive Advantage Through Servant Leadership”, published by Westbow Press a Division of Thomas Nelson Publishing.
Having time to think about his life, his relationship with God and the path ahead, he realized that his situation wasn’t about punishment after all. It was a life lesson disguised as misfortune, delivered at a time when he would finally be able to give his full attention to something he had dreamed about for many years; starting his own leadership training and consulting firm. Had he not lost his job, he would never have attempted it. He had the security of a good job with a great paycheck and, at 61, would have told himself it was too late to start a business. However, at this intersection in life’s journey, it became clear that Bill was being given the chance to share his 38 years of business experience both the successes and struggles with those who are entrusted to bring out the best in people: leaders of businesses , non-profits and churches.
After starting Flint Strategic Partners in Goshen, Indiana he guided his business through a successful start-up helping organizations develop talented employees by first helping them develop capable leadership. Then, the time was right to step forward with another vision; writing a book, something of a training manual for leaders, that would help teach them about servant leadership and how to motivate, communicate and care about people while finding the real joy and happiness that can come as a leader, if the people you lead are put first.
In “The Journey to Competitive Advantage Through Servant Leadership”, Flint educates his readers on the characteristics of servant leaders: their passion for people, open communication style, desire to build sincere relationships, motivational skills, honesty, patience, humility and desire to live their lives in a moral and ethical way. Bill, said that during his career he learned that to build a sustainable competitive advantage depends on how people are treated-and the best way to build a successful organization is by creating an environment of caring, mutual trust and respect between the leaders and their people. This is accomplished by helping people discover and reach their God given potential which helps build a sense of community and security for the people and the organization.
In his “Ten-P Formula”, Flint chose ten words, all beginning with the letter P, to describe the servant leader. One of those words is “potential”. He says servant leaders talk about the potential of their people, while other leaders talk more about people’s weaknesses. Servant leaders look for potential the minute they first meet someone, and they don’t judge based on looks, background and education. The people they lead start with a clean slate and lots of opportunities. He strongly believes there are many passionate and energetic employees in the business world who just need someone to trust and understand them and many potential leaders who just need the right kind of training and accountability to become servant leaders. Flint says, “there is so much untapped potential being wasted every day resulting in a gap between a company’s vision and the results they are achieving.”
Some key lessons he hopes readers take away about servant leadership:
- Servant leaders recognize that people come to work brining their dreams, skills goals, and potential for achieving something bigger than themselves and the role of leadership is to help their people discover and reach their potential.
- Servant leaders help restore the loss of trust and respect that people feel for leaders because they put their people first.
- Servant leaders believe that the best strategy to achieve organizational goals and create a competitive advantage is by developing an environment of caring, mutual trust and respect between leadership and the people they are leading.
- Most leaders in business are under lots of stress and frustration because they feel inadequate in leading their people. Not because leaders are bad people or don’t want to do a good job as a leader, but because many organizations are not providing the continuous training coaching, and mentoring leaders need to succeed.
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 companies. One of those companies recorded annual sales of $125 million with ten manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico and Europe.
He is the founder, president and CEO of Flint Strategic Partners, a strategic consulting, coaching and leadership training firm located in Goshen, Indiana. Bill is also a well-respected trainer, teacher and speaker for events, seminars, retreats, conventions and corporate meetings.
“The Journey to Competitive Advantage through Servant Leadership” is his first book. Currently his book is in the top 10 best-selling books out of 5,000 books on Amazon in the servant leadership category in the U.S., France, Italy, Canada, UK, Spain, China and Germany. Bill’s book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and can be purchased on his web site http://www.servantleaders.org
Bill can be reached by calling, 888-395-9054 or visiting his web site at http://www.servantleaders.org or emailing him at email@example.com. Information on his servant leadership training process can be downloaded at his web site listed above.