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The Character of Leadership: Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizationsby Michael Jinkins
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"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, its 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 skepticallyeven 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 timeNiccol Machiavelli. While the dictionary uses his name to define cutthroat politics, many contemporary philosophers, including the ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr, have discovered in Machiavellis view a realistic and effective approach to the leadership of social institutions.
The Jinkinses show how Machiavellis methods can work in contemporary leadership situations—ethically. They reflect on the distinct political skills essential to achieving the organizations 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.
"Every leader will find this book a richly rewarding read. It legitimizes power and challenges leaders to embrace it and use it in their service to society."Paul Hersey, president, Center for Leadership Studies and author of The Situational Leader
"A fresh and systematic look at the writings of Machiavelli enables the reader to see beyond the opportunism that is so often associated with Machiavellis name to a realistic and principled set of strategies for achieving public virtue."—David A. Erlandson, professor of educational administration, Texas A&M University
"The Jinkinses have cut through much of the wishful thinking that floods our leadership discussions these days. In this remarkable example of practical humanities scholarship, they have dusted off a great political thinker and put him to work to illumine our realities. Those who lead all sorts of nonprofit organizations can benefit from this bracing encounter with political realism."James Wind, president, The Alban Institute and author of Places of Worship
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. 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.
Behold, I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes, and as innocent as doves. --Matthew 10:16
. . . remarkable example of practical humanities scholarship. . . .Those who lead all sorts of nonprofit organizations can benefit from this bracing encounter with political realism.
--James Wind, president, Alban Institute and author of Places to Worship
Leaders of nonprofit enterprises are often motivated by a completing vision of how the world should be. Too often, however, this prevents them from understanding and skillfully operating in the realm of pragmatic realism. For nonprofit leaders who want to succeed in their efforts to change the world without selling their souls, Jinkins and Jinkins offer a guide to pragmatic and principled politics.
This book includes case studies of the political successes and failures of talented, good-hearted leaders in a variety of roles including seminary presidents, pastors, and leaders of social service agencies. The authors show us that realistic leaders know that in the rough and tumble of the real world, we must strive to create a place where our values can be translated into policy and common life--learning how to do this is the task that confronts us.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-199) and index.
Table of Contents
The Machiavelli Principle.
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE.
We're Not Past the Past.
Exercising a Hermeneutic of Suspicion: Or, Whose History Do We Pay Attention To?
The Perils of an Unarmed Prophet.
The Trouble with Mercenaries.
Foreseeing the Unforeseeable.
MAKING CHANGE IMAGINABLE WHERE YOU ARE.
Developing the Sense of Smell.
Are You in a Principality or a Republic?
Understanding the Ecology of Leadership and Power.
Authenticity and Duplicity.
NURTURING CHARACTER FOR REALISTIC LEADERSHIP.
Virtue Redefined: Becoming a Leader of Consequence.
DEVELOPING POLITICAL SKILLS.
What Competence Looks Like.
Making Political Connections Without Toadying.
Builing Leadership Teams.
Planning Strategy with the Whole System in Mind.
Attracting Money Through Accountability and Good Will.
Dealing with Sabotage and Opposition.
Conclusion: Passion Is Not Enough.
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