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"This book seeks to examine the characteristics of a person who lived a life that was exemplary yet enigmatic; productive yet puzzling; a charismatic and a curiosity..." —from the Introduction
Drawing from the life and character of the biblical "wild man," John the Baptist, author Joseph Robinson establishes seven imperatives in this concise and practical leadership resource. He establishes a common language and universal framework for discussing leadership in any setting.
From this unique perspective, Robinson offers the reader:
Suitable for use in both the Christian and corporate setting, 7 Leadership Imperatives from a Wild Man provides a new vision for leadership in the 21st century.
"...valuable insights that are going to stick with me for a lifetime. The tone of the book made it very easy to read and the author translated biblical principles into real life situations and gave lucid examples of how to apply things." Roy Galloway III, Attorney At Law, Harrisburg, PA
"[Robinson's] commonsense approach to both life and Christianity is rather refreshing...the book uses Scripture applications correctly, provides motivational stories, and is written on a level that anyone from a high-school dropout to a college graduate will find entertaining and uplifting." Church Libraries, Summer 2008
"Cutting through the mystique and mania surrounding the cult of leadership, Joe Robinson looks to the 'wild man' at the origin of Christianity, John the Baptist, as an exemplar of seven very straightforward yet profound imperatives that provide a foundation on which one can develop effective leadership capabilities. This engagingly written short book offers inspiration along with sound advice for leaders in the making in any walk of life." Dr. Theodore H. Poister, Professor of Public Policy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
"An enlightening, empowering and enjoyable read! Joe Robinson has performed the work of a superb archaeologist. Using his rich experience as a spade and his academic knowledge as a shovel, he has unearthed golden nuggets of truth in his seven vital principles of leadership development from a Biblical perspective. A must read for both pastors and lay persons interested in discovering principles that lie embedded in New Testament persons such as John the Baptist." Rev. Charles E. Mock, Chairman, Home Mission Board, The National Baptist Convention, USA. Inc., Nashville, TN
"The message of this book is simple but practical! It contains leadership principles which can be applied to virtually every area of ministry in the church." Rev. Charles R. Meile, Jr., Senior Pastor, The Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Harrisburg, PA
"Through a resource that is part instruction, part practical guide, and part sermon, Robinson is clearly in command and has his eye on the leadership target throughout. I highly recommend this book for all who are interested in developing leadership in their church and in their personal journeys." Cleophus J. LaRue, Professor of Preaching and Worship, Princeton Theological Seminary
"I do not know of any other leadership advice / self-help book that takes this rich, more seriously mutual, and uplifting approach. For that matter, I'm not aware of anyone else's leadership books that stick to GOSPEL scripture as the inspiration for each principle. I found this book refreshing, and the range of examples and quotations all-embracing. I also like your web pages with their positive, encouraging tone." George P. Meese, PhD, Professor of Rhetoric, Eckard College, St. Petersburg, FL
"7 Leadership Imperatives From a Wild Man by Deacon Joseph Robinson is a best kept secret of wisdom and insight not only for men but for all followers of Jesus Christ.
He is not a wild man as the title states, but to the contrary his unique way of revealing leadership principles used by well-known biblical personalities makes us say, since we did not see what he saw, that deep thinker is out of his mind! Deacon Robinson, is well read in history and literature. He has gleaned wisdom from his wide reading and from life experiences as an administrative leader. He shares these experiences in an entertaining way.
Young people seeking to find his or her way in life will get help from this book. Men's Fellowships in local churches as well as Laymen in state and national conventions who are searching for curriculum need this book. As an ordained clergyman for many years, I discover fresh and new ways to interpret a biblical text and, as old as I am, get inspiration to fight on, to continue reaching higher with passionate endeavor. What are you waiting for? Stop doing what you are doing and order a copy of this book! Better still ask your pastor to invite this amazing man to come and speak at your church. Enjoy and be enlightened by this amazing and accomplished Christian writer and speaker!" J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland CA, Professor, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, CA
Author, speaker, and real-world leader Joseph Robinson, Jr. is passionate about helping people identify and cultivate vital characteristics of leadership. Robinson conducts workshops and seminars on leadership topics, strategic planning, team building, and conflict resolution. Whether you lead in church or the community, a classroom or boardroom, there are some essentials you must know. Some might call them principles, but Robinson believes they are much more and has identified what he calls 7 leadership imperatives, gleaned from the life of the biblical figure, John the Baptist.
In 2006, Robinson took an early retirement from his position as a senior division manager for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to focus on a speaking and writing ministry to help equip others with the knowledge and tools they need to lead in their own world. His 26 years of public administrative experience provided him with a laboratory for implementing his 7 leadership imperatives. Over more than two decades with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Robinson honed his supervisory, mentoring, and communication skills, and was certified as a quality manager through the American Society for Quality. He understands business and the challenges inherent with delivering quality products and services.
As a deacon at his church, The Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Robinson also appreciates how leadership characteristics in the secular world translate into the church and ministry setting. He knows from experience that effective leadership at all levels is essential.
Included in Robinson's varied experiences is having obtained his BA degree from the University of Virginia. An active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Robinson also serves as Executive Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Development Institute. This program is an initiative of the Harrisburg Interdenominational Ministers Conference to develop emerging community leaders.
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