Book Shares Alternative Vision for Lasting Leadership

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<strong>Bloomington, Ind.</strong><br />When you think of "leadership," what are the first words that come to mind? "Strength" perhaps, or possibly "motivation?" If you are like most, "love" is probably not a term that automatically pops into your head. But according to author and speaker Mark W. Altman, M.I.S., it should be. <br /><br />In his powerful new book, <em>Leadership for All the Mountains You Climb: While Loving the View</em>, Altman offers readers a fresh view of leadership at its best. He reveals that "Philial love," a Koine Greek term meaning "care or compassion," is a central part of the most successful leadership models when used in conjunction with the elements of vision setting, power wielding and management. <br /><br />"This book examines all four of these components and then shows how they fit together to achieve true leadership," Altman explained, "not the self-serving, self-aggrandizing power wielding of &lsquo;The Apprentice,&rsquo; nor the &#39;let&#39;s avoid anyone having to take responsibility&#39; brand of leadership by committee that has become popular in the last decade."<br /><br /><em>Leadership for All the Mountains You Climb </em>speaks to all of those who wish to practice and exhibit true leadership in all aspects of their lives, from family and civic groups to school and career. <br /><br />"The lasting, nurturing leadership we desire in our families is the same as the profitable, stable leadership we desire in our for-profit organizations," said Altman.<br /><br />The book, which is already garnering national attention, offers Altman&#39;s expert analysis of many leadership models, focusing particularly on the models of servant leadership by the late Robert Greenleaf and principle centered leadership by Steven Covey. Altman demonstrates why the combination of these two models makes for the best possible results, not forgetting to point out that this type of leadership, true leadership, can be difficult because it requires leaders to put themselves second and a servant to their followers. <br /><br />"Because we are human, this makes leadership hard," Altman admitted. "The path that I lay out is a difficult but rewarding one and makes no false promises. If you are to become a leader, it will require hard work and study. However, the book lays out a map of how to get there and the resources to make it happen."<br /><br />Altman has spent a lifetime "making it happen" in terms of successful leadership in the many facets of his life. A native of Conroe, Texas, Altman is a Ph.D. student in leadership studies at Gonzaga University. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, 15 as an officer. His leadership skills were put to use in a unique way in 2001, when he and his son rode bicycles from Rome, Italy, to Edinburgh, Scotland, and again in 2005, when Altman, his wife and his four children rode across the U.S., from Oregon to Washington, D.C. His popular newspaper column, &ldquo;Family Matters,&rdquo; addresses marriage, parenting and family issues, and he has been interviewed for print, radio and television more than 100 times and in 10 different countries. <br />

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