The Character of Leadership: Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizations (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership)

by Michael Jinkins and Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins

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Behold, I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes, and as innocent as doves. -Matthew 10:16 ...remarkable example of practical humanities scholarship...Those who lead all sorts of nonprofit organizations can benefit from this bracing encounter with political realism. -James Wind, president, Alban Institute and author of Places to WorshipLeaders of nonprofit enterprises are often motivated by a completing vision of how the world should be. Too often, however, this prevents them from understanding and skillfully operating in the realm of pragmatic realism. For nonprofit leaders who want to succeed in their efforts to change the world without selling their souls, Jinkins and Jinkins offer a guide to pragmatic and principled politics.This book includes case studies of the political successes and failures of talented, good-hearted leaders in a variety of roles including seminary presidents, pastors, and leaders of social service agencies.
The authors show us that realistic leaders know that in the rough and tumble of the real world, we must strive to create a place where our values can be translated into policy and common life-learning how to do this is the task that confronts us.
  • ISBN10 0787941204
  • ISBN13 9780787941208
  • Publish Date 13 November 1998
  • Publish Status Unknown
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Imprint Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 224
  • Language English