The Way of the Shepherd

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The Way of the Shepherd

7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People
By Dr Kevin Leman and William Pentak
“To be a successful leader, you’re going to have to interact with people in much the same way that a shepherd interacts with his sheep.” That is the concept set forth in William Pentak and Dr. Kevin Leman’s book, The Way of the Shepherd. The book contends that if bosses want workers to give their best, then bosses must first give theirs.

7 Secrets are :

1) Know the condition of your flock
You will have to follow the status of your people as well as the status of work. You will have to engage people on a regular basis. Keep your eyes and ears open, question and follow through.
2) Discover the shape of your sheep

Your choice of sheep can make flock management easier or harder. Start with healthy sheep or you will inherit someone else’s problems.

3) Help your sheep identify with You

Build trust with your followers by modeling authenticity, integrity and compassion. Set high standards of performance. Define the cause for your people and tell them where they fit in.

4)Make your pasture a safe place

Know where you are going, get out in front and keep your flock on the move. Always use persuasion rather than coercion. When your people get into trouble, go and get them out.

5) The Staff of Direction

Always protect, correct and inspect your flock.
Protect : Stand in the gap and fight for your sheep
Correct : Approach discipline as a teaching opportunity
Inspect : Regularly inquire about your people’s progress

6) The Rod of Correction


Great leadership is a lifestyle, not a technique. Every day you have to decide who is going to pay for your leadership, you or your people. Most of all, have a heart for your sheep.

7) The Heart of the Shepherd


Keep your people well informed. Cull chronic instigators from the flock. Regularly rotate the sheep to fresh pasture. Don’t give problems time to fester.

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