Dr. Stephen Julian is President of Julian Consulting, a firm specializing in team health, effective communication, and leadership development. He has worked with leaders and their teams for nearly 30 years in a variety of settings – including Africa, South and Central America. A passionate and gifted communicator, Stephen desires to free people to be themselves and to appreciate others so that healthy teams can emerge and be deployed.
Timothy Parsons is the Emergency Case Manager at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Specializing in acute crisis intervention, he helps at-risk students who are dealing with a variety of significant issues that are impacting their ability to be successful. Tim is clinically trained and has worked in various settings, including private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, ministry, and overseas international education.
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In the simplest sense, a leader is someone with followers. While it’s popular these days to embrace slogans such as “Everyone a leader,” they are simply not true. Leadership is a high calling and should be pursued by those who have the desire, drive, and ability to develop the necessary character and behaviors. Some people are born leaders. Others are developed as leaders. Most should seek to follow commendable leaders. Find your calling, be it leader or follower, and pursue it. Either outcome has value and will serve as a reward for the time you invest reading and reflecting on these pages.
Chances are you complain about your manager. The premise of this book is that while it is easy to complain, it’s also a waste of time. The better approach is to commit yourself to become the manager you wish you had. Determine those qualities, characteristics, values, and behaviors that you admire and make them part of your repertoire. This book in the Become Collection will walk you through a series of practical meditations focusing on the work of managers. Each brief chapter is followed by a series of thought-provoking questions that will guide you to become the manager you wish you had.
When you wonder whether you can ever be the parent your child needs, we offer a message of hope – it’s not too late. Each generation looks forward expectantly to creating the next, believing they will get right what no previous generation has ever perfected. Eventually each finds that parenting is a challenge. Chances are, if you are reading this book, you have already accepted that challenge. There is no right way of parenting that works for everyone. You have to make your own path. Tools, principles, and advice can make your footing more sure along that path, but no one can tell you each step you should take. Our hope is that as you read these pages you will discover practical steps that work for you, steps that allow you to be a better parent than you are today.