The Way
of the Shepherd by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak shares and describe the ancient
seven management principles on how to lead people mindfully to create great
well being and success for the company as well. Often some managers focus on
the status of their position and their power instead of seeing it a privilege
and obligation that bring about the position they have. The Way of the Shepherd
is a motivating and heart-warming story that will teach you on how to lead and engage
people. It shows the leader how to impart meaningful work, energize and ignite
their workforce and view their work as a calling rather than a merely job, a
place to belong rather than a place of work. In each chapter they focus on a principle and create an
analogy between tending a flock of sheep and managing a group of people. To
be a successful leader, you’re going to interact to your people regularly and
personally in much the same way that your people interact with his leader.             The
Way of the Shepherd is a story of Theodore McBride, CEO of General
Technologies, who became one of the most admired business leaders in America. Ted
was a graduating MBA student at the University of Texas, Austin and being
mentored by his MBA Professor Dr. Jack Neumann. Theodore McBride shares the seven secrets he learned long ago from his
mentor—an eccentric but brilliant professor who taught him proven management
principles that, while ancient in origin, are applicable in today’s fast-paced,
high-tech world. On these
chapters there are seven principles that focus on how to create genuine
relationships with those you are managing, so they are more motivated to follow
your lead.             In
the first chapter, “Know the condition of Your Flock,” it focused on getting to
know those who you are managing. This chapter shows the importance of knowing
your people not just the status of their work but also the status of your
people. It reminds you that it’s your people who get the job done and not the
leader, because leader is the one who only show the way. As a shepherd you must
check regularly and individually your flock from head to foot and keep
connected with what’s going on in the lives of your people. As a leader you
have to really care not by words but through actions that you care about them. It’s
an old saying, but it’s true that if you don’t show that you care about your
people they won’t see you as a worthy leader to follow.              The
next principle is called, “Discover the SHAPE of Your Sheep.”  This chapter
point out how where going to select workforce in our team. As a leader you are
looking for a healthy, productive people so that in managing them is made it
easier. Make sure before hiring people they were good fit both for the company
and for the position because if you fail to choose the right people in your
team they may inherit someone else problems. To examine the fitness of the
person for the particular job, SHAPE had been introduced in this chapter. SHAPE
is an acronym for strengths, heart, attitude, personality and experience.  To simplify, each person had its skills, compassion,
can-do attitudes, behavior and life experiences that put together to create a
healthy and productive team. Leman and Pentak say, “Their strengths and
passions must reflect their responsibilities.”             The
next chapter called, “Help Your Sheep Identify With You,” it shows the
importance of identifying your group of people. Leader must be a modeled of trust, integrity, compassion and authenticity.
Your values and sense of mission must be direct, clearly and constantly
communicated hence you inspire others with their own intention. Just like a tag on a sheep is a
mark of its shepherd, the integrity and compassion of your followers are a mark
of your leadership.
“Remember that great leadership isn’t just professional but it’s personal.”
             On
the next chapter it focuses on creating an environment where your people feel
safe and protected, “Make Your Pasture a Safe Place”. It focused on creating an
environment where people feel safe and secured in a sense of job security. You
apply this by keeping your people well informed, making them and their
positions important. As it says to the book, “People will be less apt to vie
for position if they feel as through their current position has a degree of importance.
Be visible, don’t be an absentee shepherd; eliminate chronic instigators from
the flock who are the source of stress, destruction and be yourself available
and highly visible at all times. This kind behavior of a leader is the most important
element in creating a safe work environment.               The
fifth principle, “The Staff of Direction” is all about vision. Leman and
Pentak, highlight the importance of staff in guiding your people to the right
direction. When the sheep are busy to the grass they are eating, the shepherd
must search for another green or greener pasture that may they eat. As we
relate to the organization, leader must know where they’re going, get out in
front and keep your goal as a team on the move in order you have clear path. In
directing your flock, like the gentleness of the staff you use persuasion not
coercion. Second function of the staff is to establish boundaries. Be a
protector to your flock yet create a clear boundaries enable they don’t feel
confuse.             Chapter Six is titled, “The Rod of Correction.” Like the
staff, a shepherd must also carry a rod which is being used for protecting,
correcting and inspecting the flock. Protecting, in a sense of figuring out
your people where going through and possible the threats to them, when it occur
gentle nudge the staff but if won’t it’s time to use the rod. Correcting by
teaching, coaching and guiding your people by giving them a clear instruction
the path they’re currently treading.  Finally,
inspect regularly to determine progress in your team and inspire further. Caution
in using the Rod, “If the shepherd use the rod too much or incorrectly, you
will lose the goodwill of your sheep. Use it too little or not at all, and you’ll
lose their respect.” Leader must got to know when and how to use this thing.               The
final seventh principle, “The Heart of the Shepherd,” it focuses on sacrifices
and dedication that comes with leadership. The cost of being a leader is you must
excerpt time, effort to learn and grow to others, you must have your
commitment, your energy and involvement; therefore you must put your whole
hearted into a leadership role. By caring to your people who work for you and
taking the full responsibility for their well being. If you create leadership
with a flavor of dedication you will create a loyal team that mutually beneficial
especially to your purpose. By being a good and great leader to your people you
are showing to them that you are worthy of being followed.              These
very principles of “The Way of the Shepherd,” represent the personal relationships
between a leader and follower, boss and employee or co-workers and team members.
A good leader knows that leadership isn’t just a position but it’s a quality of
engagement to the people around you. A good leader truly must value and understands
that it is a privilege and an honor that comes with tremendous responsibility
and a price. For the company to succeed, a great leader must become an engaged
shepherd to his flock as mindful of his company’s goals as of every person in
this flock. Human needs remain the same as they have been in the age of Mosses.
“The Way of the Shepherd” invites every leader to ask herself if she chooses to
shepherd her team or simply just to manage them. 

            The
seven principles is an interesting and usable approach to management. Also, like collaborative management,
authority and position is given to those who earn it through knowledge and
competence. This is the focus of their SHAPE model. Finally Leman and Pentak
stress that the quality of your leadership will determine the quality of your
group’s productiveness.  

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