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Written as a heartwarming contemporary parable, this book points you beyond worn-out fads and flavor-of-the-month management techniques to the strategies that will make you a truly outstanding leader.

Find inspiration and a fresh perspective on the art of leadership in this account of a cub reporter who lands the interview of a lifetime and walks away with the keys to exceptional leadership. When the reporter meets with the most respected CEO in America, the businessman shares the seven secrets he learned long ago from his mentor - an eccentric but brilliant professor who taught him proven management principles that, while ancient in origin, are applicable in today's fast-paced, high-tech world.

Through this charming story dotted with humor, you'll learn how to infuse work with meaning and how to engage, energize, and ignite their workforce by using these same secrets, which include:

  • Respect your employees and they will follow you
  • Know their hopes and personalities
  • Instill a sense of group identification and trust
  • Give 100 percent from the heart at all times

It will teach you how to lead the people close to you so they will view their work as a calling rather than merely a job, a place to belong rather than a place to work.

It is a powerful metaphor for leaders that reaches back 5,000 years. It is...The Way of the Shepherd.

©2004 Kevin Leman and Bill Pentak (P)2008 Zondervan

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Great Advice

I wish I had implemented all of the advice here in my business.
A team that feels the protection & support of their leader is a team built for success.

A great read / listen & easy to hear.

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Brilliantly Enlightening!

Fantastic guide to being a good leader without over complicated, complex and confusing structure. Will definitely listen again and again.

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  • Laura D.
  • 05-03-2019

Great book

It really helped me see what my true role as a leader is to look like. Just because I’m the boss doesn’t mean I quit caring for those I’m supposed to lead. I had a little bit of a understanding of what a shepherd was about, but this book really brought to light every aspect. And also stirred up inside of me a desire to be a true godly leader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2015

Awesome yet simple

As someone who has been out of management for a couple of years I picked up this book in hopes to remind myself of basic management principles. Instead not only was I reminded of things I had forgotten I also learned a lot of new material. The way the story is read, the fact that it's an actual story and not just a set of instructions makes listening much easier and learning a lot more fun. would recommend this book to anyone in management.

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  • Rhonda
  • 23-04-2012

Great Book!

Would you listen to The Way of the Shepherd again? Why?

This was a great book. The reading was believable and easy to listen to. I did have to listen to a couple of the chapters twice because my background is not in management and the ideas were so new to me. I like the way the writer incorporated chapter summaries into the book.

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  • James
  • 01-04-2012

An Incredible Message

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - Here is why - this teaching is profound. It gives examples of handling people in a way I have never been taught. It also teaches that a leader has a lot of responsibility but provides a very proven path to leading people well. Also, from a Christian perspective, it gives an idea of how God looks at us. Every person so far, who I have been teaching about this or given books away on shepherding has reported that they have gained in life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite Character was Dr. Neuman. He is the man that taught Ted McBride, the man who wanted to have this book written so others could get the benefits and the great life he enjoyed. Mr. McBride worked his way up through the ranks and moved into the helm of a fortune 50 company with the highest retention rate of the all the fortune 50 companies. The reason was, he lead his people like a very good shepherd leads his sheep and Dr. Neuman taught him.

What does Marc Cashman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Marc, has a good voice and seems to appreciate what he is reading. This helps us to absorb the teaching. I rarely want to master a topic, but this book being read to me has me wanting to become a professional in leadership, not just for my own benefit, but to give the best experience to others who I lead.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, only because I am not that way. I limit my time and listen when it fits.

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There are only a few books I have read in my life that are must reads to me and this is one of them. I have a successful business and I am also a Pastor. My application is a bit different than many but when I gave a similar book away to different people going through hard times, all reported they got a better understanding of who God was. On another side to this book, it presents a message that lies hidden in it about who Jesus, the good shepherd is and what he has to offer our souls. My entire life on that plane alone has been changed. Hard ship no longer hurts like it used to. All of my people in church are seeing life in an improved way. My customers and friends who were hurting all reported gaining in perspective on their hard time and got comfort seeing God in a better way towards them. I noticed one lady in particular became a lot more settled in life. For today this is the best I can share.

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  • Joe
  • 27-10-2016

Wish I would have read this year's ago!

Great easy to listen to book. I have been managing people for years, and I learned some profound things from this book.

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  • Calvin
  • 30-03-2016

Excellent Listen!

Principles found here are applicable to every facet of life!! I look forward to applying these in family and business. Highly recommended!

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  • Michelle
  • 05-01-2013

The concepts just stay in my head

This book really packs a punch. The concepts make so much sense. Even now when dealing with people, pictures painted in this book pop into my remembrance which helps me deal with the situation.

I highly recommend this book for business and church (and any) leader.

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  • Brian Greenberg
  • 20-12-2011

Really Great Book on how to manage people

Would you listen to The Way of the Shepherd again? Why?

The book uses analogies of a sheep herder that can be easily applied to all management situations and personalities on any team. I must read for any manager/leader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-2021

Wisdom & Easy to listen to

I love listening to this audiobook. The wisdom Dr. Leman brings, I apply and my team is stronger for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-2021

Excellent book

One of the best leadership books I’ve read. The reader does a great job, he’s not going to put you to sleep.

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  • tiffer
  • 28-10-2019

a practical story

so good to listen to a story that puts spiritual living into everyday business life. well worth reading \ listening

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  • K
  • 28-02-2017

A masterpiece

Narration is very clear and the tone of voice makes you follow through. A must read

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