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Character of Leadership : Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizations

Character of Leadership : Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizations - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0787941208

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Published: 1998
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Character of Leadership : Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizations - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0787941208

Michael Jinkins and Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins

ISBN13: 978-0787941208
ISBN10: 0787941204
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

''We are beholden to Machivel, and writers of that kind, who openly and unmasked declare what [people do in fact, and not what they ought to do; for it is impossible to join the wisdom of the serpent and the innocence of the dove, without a previous knowledge of the nature of evil; as without this, virtue lies exposed and unguarded.''--Sir Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning (1605)

What does political savvy have to do with running a nonprofit organization? According to the authors of this practical and empowering guide, it's essential to success. But can political know-how and altruistic values comfortably coexist in a nonprofit leader? According to Michael and Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins, the most effective leaders are those who combine the expertise of their discipline and their deeply held values with political skills, enabling their expertise and values to flourish in real-world conditions. The Character of Leadership is a compelling tutorial in the use of pragmatic and principled politics that will help individuals become better leaders.

Drawing from the experiences of leaders in a variety of nonprofit organizations, this book gives readers a viable approach to rethinking the practice of leadership. This book helps them examine their current practice and the organizations they serve, reflect on their character as leaders, and gain political skills for value-rich leadership.

While most nonprofit leaders have a clear sense of their ultimate goals, they tend to be idealistic about their endeavors, viewing politics skeptically--even disdainfully. Much of what they learn in professional schools and their own highest ideals may actually work against their effective leadership. This much-needed guide offers a practical, principled approach to the politics of leadership.

As their model, the authors use one of the smartest political observers of all time--Niccolo Machiavelli. While the dictionary uses his name to define cutthroat politics, many contemporary philosophers, including the ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr, have discovered in Machiavelli's view a realistic and effective approach to the leadership of social institutions.

The Jinkinses show how Machiavelli's methods can work in contemporary leadership situations--ethically. They reflect on the distinct political skills essential to achieving the organization's goals, including making political connections, building leadership teams, and dealing with sabotage and opposition. For nonprofit leaders who believe that they must inevitably choose between their values or political reality, this book provides a compelling alternative.

A Compelling Guide to Successful Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations

For nonprofit leaders who want to succeed in their efforts to change the world without selling their souls, this compelling guide offers a fresh, pragmatic approach to principled politics. The authors guide readers toward recognizing and working with political realities and help shape a value-rich but more politically astute mode of leadership. They offer a rich array of case studies, from school principals and university presidents to pastors and social service administrators, revealing how contemporary leaders can effectively translate their values into both policy and practice.

Author Bio

Jinkins, Michael : Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Michael Jinkins is associate professor of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he served for thirteen years as a pastor in the United States and Britain.


Jinkins, Deborah Bradshaw : Not Your Ordinary School

Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins has served more than twenty years in public education as teacher, principal, grant writer, and accountability and compliance monitor of school district effectiveness. Currently she is founding principal for NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School), a charter school in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

The Machiavelli Principle

Part One: Learning from Experience

1. We're Not Past the Past

2. Exercising a Hermeneutic of Suspicion: Or, Whose History Do We Pay Attention To?

3. The Perils of an Unarmed Prophet

4. The Trouble with Mercenaries

5. Foreseeing the Unforeseeable

Part Two: Making Change Imaginable Where You Are

6. Developing the Sense of Smell

7. Are You in a Principality or a Republic?

8. Understanding the Ecology of Leadership and Power

9. Authenticity and Duplicity

Part Three: Nurturing Character for Realistic Leadership

10. Virtue Redefined: Becoming a Leader of Consequence

11. Integrity

12. Courage

13. Flexibility

14. Talent

15. Prudence

Part Four: Developing Political Skills

16. What Competence Looks Like

17. Making Political Connections Without Toadying

18. Builing Leadership Teams

19. Planning Strategy with the Whole System in Mind

20. Attracting Money Through Accountability and Good Will

21. Dealing with Sabotage and Opposition

Conclusion: Passion Is Not Enough
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