The Leader’s Code

The Leader’s Code

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Campbell, Donovan The Random House Publishing Group, 2013 Audio summary available
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The United States is currently suffering from a leadership crisis, and institutions that represent this country have lost credibility in the minds of many people. While most books on leadership focus on improving the health and wealth of companies, The Leader’s Code focuses on the virtues of good leaders. Donovan Campbell’s vision of the servant leader is based on his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps. According to Campbell, morally grounded servant-leadership allows followers to believe in the leader’s mission. This important code that Donovan learned in the military has three components: accomplishing a worthwhile mission, valuing character above all else, and putting others’ needs before one’s own. Furthermore, the components of character are made up of six primary virtues: humility, excellence, kindness, discipline, courage, and wisdom. Campbell explores these virtues in depth and argues that the servant-leader model can strengthen families, communities, businesses, politics, and the world at large.