You don’t have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be a great leader, and this book will show you how. Read it and live it!”
About The Book
Essential Leadership Principles
Effective leadership comes down to implementing everyday, commonsense practices to help organizations thrive—and yet so many leaders are still missing these fundamental principles from their personal and professional lives. Renowned business experts Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley disclose the simple truths about leadership they have gathered over their long and distinguished careers to help bring common sense into common practice.
“Ken Blanchard is what the kids call the ‘OG.’ He has led the way in showing us all the value of servant leadership—and how we can be servant leaders. Simple Truths of Leadership is the next essential step in our education.”
Simon Sinek, optimist and New York Times bestselling author of Start With Why
“We often think of great leadership principles as common sense—and then forget to put them into action! Ken Blanchard has written the ultimate guide to servant leadership with real and practical steps to becoming a better leader and person. Read this book and start practicing these truths in your life now!”
Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 Leadership Award, and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“If you are looking for a pathway to servant leadership, Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley have given us an outstanding one. Commit to these commonsense principles and you will soon become a real servant leader.”
Howard Behar, former president, Starbucks
“Peanut butter and jelly, baseball and Cracker Jacks, Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley, servant leadership and trust—they just go together. What really strikes me about Simple Truths of Leadership are two things: memorable aphorisms and wisdom, not just knowledge. Fifty-two brief chapters, each with a haiku/koan-like simplicity that burrows into your brain like an earworm; they all make such good sense, and on top of that, you remember them. Blanchard and Conley aim at making simple truths accessible and memorable, not only individually but as a whole. The reader emerges from the book with a smile, feeling enriched and wiser for the experience—an experience that will, moreover, stick with you.”
Charles H. Green, founder, Trusted Advisor, and coauthor of The Trusted Advisor
“There is so much talk about great leadership and so few people putting these ideas into practice. Ken and Randy give you actionable, commonsense lessons on service and trust. And I can assure you these principles will perform!”
Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and author of Dare to Serve
“What a handy week-by-week guide to building true leadership habits and practices. As always, Ken and coauthor Randy deliver a real-life approach to successful team building as well as principles that will help any reader live a more fulfilling life. Trust is elusive yet can be built. Read this book to discover how.”
Laurie Beth Jones, author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Jesus, Life Coach
“Ken and Randy have created a gem of a book packed with timeless yet straightforward leadership wisdom. Highly readable—I particularly liked the format of this book, which is ideal for the busy leader who needs to absorb information quickly in bite-sized chunks. Every reader will bookmark their favourite leadership tips, but more importantly, they will be inspired by the consistent and passionate ethos of trust and service that runs through all fifty-two tips as a singular golden thread. Great work!”
Dr. John Blakely, founder, The Trusted Executive Foundation
“Wow! What a simple yet powerful book Ken and Randy have written! It incorporates all their wisdom and commonsense learning from many years of helping leaders around the world become better by using both their heads and their hearts. As I read the book, I could hear Ken’s voice sharing so many of these concepts and ideas in his speeches worldwide. And Randy truly embodies the principle of trust in all his work. This will be a must-have handbook for leaders for years to come, just as The One Minute Manager has impacted organizations for decades.”
Barbara Glanz, Hall of Fame speaker and coauthor of The Simple Truths of Service
“In Simple Truths of Leadership, Ken and Randy present why and how their simple truths about servant leadership and trust can produce profound results. They turn the traditional leadership pyramid upside down and put the customer at the top of the organization. A must-read for both new and more experienced leaders!”
Richard Orlando, PhD, founder, Legacy Capitals, and author of Legacy and Love Your Clients
“Simple yet powerful. Simple yet practical. Simply outstanding. This book belongs on your nightstand. Follow the lessons in Simple Truths of Leadership, and not only will you be a better leader, you will live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”
Jesse Lyn Stoner, couthor of Full Steam Ahead!
“Today’s best leaders are facilitators—they don’t mark people’s papers, they help them get an A. Servant leadership and trust are the foundation of impactful leadership. Use these fifty-two simple truths to empower your people and build a culture where purpose-driven, passionate people create amazing outcomes!”
Garry Ridge, CEO and Chairman, WD-40 Company
“Servant leadership and trust are essential ingredients to address today’s crises of loneliness and disengagement in organizations. Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley provide wise guidance in this timely, concise, and impactful book.”
Michael Lee Stallard, cofounder, Connection Culture Group, and author of Connection Culture and Fired Up or Burned Out
“Ken Blanchard, one of our greatest champions of servant-leadership, has done it again. Together with Randy Conley, they have created in Simple Truths of Leadership a jewel of a book—one filled with inspiration and powerful advice on building trust as an effective servant-leader. Read it to strengthen your relationships at work and in life.”
Larry C. Spears, author and servant-leadership scholar, Gonzaga University
Essential Leadership Principles
- The key to developing people is to catch them doing something right and praise their progress.
- Create autonomy through effective boundaries that channel the individual’s power and energy.
- Model servant leadership by owning mistakes and accepting responsibility.
- Use different strokes (leadership styles) for different folks, depending on their commitment and competence.