The Servant - James C. Hunter

The Servant

By James C. Hunter

  • Release Date: 1998-09-01
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 140 Ratings


With an introduction on using the principles of The Servant in your life and career, this book redefines what it means to be a leader.

In this absorbing tale, you watch the timeless principles of servant leadership unfold through the story of John Daily, a businessman whose outwardly successful life is spiraling out of control. He is failing miserably in each of his leadership roles as boss, husband, father, and coach. To get his life back on track, he reluctantly attends a weeklong leadership retreat at a remote Benedictine monastery.

To John's surprise, the monk leading the seminar is a former business executive and Wall Street legend. Taking John under his wing, the monk guides him to a realization that is simple yet profound: The true foundation of leadership is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrifice.

Along with John, you will learn that the principles in this book are neither new nor complex. They don't demand special talents; they are simply based on strengthening the bonds of respect, responsibility, and caring with the people around you. The Servant's message can be applied by anyone, anywhere—at home or at work.

If you are tired of books that lecture instead of teach; if you are searching for ways to improve your leadership skills; if you want to understand the timeless virtues that lead to lasting and meaningful success, then this book is one you cannot afford to miss.


  • Self learning

    By Jgsanti
    Amazing book to read and to reflect on one's choices and the behaviors leading to those choices.
  • Fantastic

    By Smitie25
    A book full of self reflection. Highly recommend for anyone, not just those currently in leadership roles.
  • This a an awesome book!

    By The_Raven
    I read this book in six days. I hard the hardest time sleeping during that time period because the information and teachings caused me truly think about myself and how I wanted to be the best that I could be to lead others. I've learned so much in those six days, even taking notes, so that these teachings will last a lifetime.
  • Excellent book of truths about Leaderships

    By Andy Hartman Lubbock
    This is one of the few books that you will re-visit throughout the years. It is a must read for any team, no matter large or small. It is filled with simple, yet harsh truths that we, as humans, need in order to work together effectively, with character and trust. Get enough copies for everyone on your team and work through it one week at a time. It will be the start of something great!
  • Start Early

    By Bomperbeanie
    This simple read contains valuable life lessons that can and should be learned early. Have your kids read this!
  • Powerful story!

    By Isamar C
    This is a great book for anyone looking to lead others. From new leaders to veteran leaders, the teachings of this book will apply to all levels. Easy read as well!
  • Fantastic book

    By Northbridge4ever
    A must read for anyone leading or aspiring to lead others.
  • Great, just great

    By Rodrisan
    Just finished reading it by the 2nd time, 1st time was in Portuguese and 2nd time in English, no matter in which language you chose it is definitely a great book.
  • The Servant

    By DannyJ2
    Great insight into true leadership. I wish every leader in my organization would read this book.