The Benedictine Rule of Leadership: Classic Management Secrets You Can Use Today

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Pub. Date: 2004-02-01
Publisher(s): Adams Media Corp
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Fifteen centuries ago, a young monk named Benedict founded the basic monastic system of the Christian world-a spiritual and economic organization that thrives to this very day. In his concise work, now known as The Rule, Benedict presented his leadership secrets and managerial insights. Outlining practices and strategies for organizational discipline, leadership style, sources of innovation, and managerial ethics, it provided the first complete management system of the Western world. The Benedictine Rule of Leadership presents these principles in a fresh and original way that is applicable to any manager or organization today.

Author Biography

Craig S. Galbraith, Ph.D., is a professor of entrepreneurship and business strategy at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is also managing partner of Galbraith, Galbraith & Merrill Oliver Galbraith, III, Ph.D., was an award-winning professor emeritus of decision sciences and information systems at San Diego State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface x
Introduction: Why Study the Rule? xvi
Part I: The Rule of Fraternity
Lessons for designing your organization
1: The Rule of Common Interest: An Organizational Mind Meld
2: The Rule of Selection and Formation: Only the Best Need Apply
3: The Rule of Merit and Seniority: Dual Paths of Honor
4: The Rule of Focused and Independent Ventures: Elephants Don't Dance Very Well
5: The Rule of Innovation: Nobody Cries over a Broken Paradigm
6: The Rule of Ethics: Organizations in Equilibrium
7: The Rule of Stability: Finding a Happy Home
Part II: The Rule of Group Chemistry
Lessons for molding your team
8: The Rule of Purposeful Ritual: Dance to the Corporate Music
9: The Rule of Group Reliance and Mutual Respect: The Glue That Binds
10: The Rule of Discipline: Designing a Lesson Plan
11: The Rule of Counsel: Stop, Look, and Listen
12: The Rule of Grumbling: Measuring the Pulse of Community Health
Part III: The Rule of Empowerment
Lessons for honing yourself
13: The Rule of Leader Example: Delisting the Corporate Coward
14: The Rule of Humility and Moderation: Turning Managerial Ego on Its Head
15: The Rule of Iron Resolve: Taming the Inner Bulldog
Final Thoughts: Playing the Core Melody 131(6)
Appendix I: The Seeds of Modern Leadership Theory 137(6)
Appendix II: Benedictine Contributions to World Culture 143(6)
Appendix III: Excerpts from the Rule 149(28)
Endnotes 177(2)
About the Authors 179

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