The Servant

[The Servant]
Year: 
1996
Public: 
Moral assessment: 
Type: Thought
Nothing inappropriate.
Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
Readers with knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.
Literary quality: 
Recommendable: 
Transmits values: 
Sexual content: 
Violent content: 
Vulgar or obscene language: 
Ideas that contradict Church teaching: 
The rating of the different categories comes from the opinion of Delibris' collaborators

From the beginning of this small masterpiece of business management, it is clear that the title of the book comes from the paradox that "to lead we must assume a deep attitude of service". The author has no objection to presenting himself and presenting his suggestions in terms of the Catholic faith.

James C. Hunter, when the first edition of the book was published, was an advisor in a company near Detroit (USA) dedicated to the training of executives. He currently lectures on his specialty: the training of managers. The reading of his book is very entertaining, because his advice is included in an almost fictional plot, in which John, a businessman on the verge of failure (with both his job and family) attends a workshop led by Len Hoffman. This Len is a nice and wise monk, a born leader who, after a series of sporting and professional triumphs, retires to a monastery but keeps his experience as an executive intact and helps inexperienced leaders to do things well. In the course of a week, John will live with five professionals, of different religious creeds, and will understandthat the way to treat others, in the end, is nothing more than the Christian spirit of love for neighbor transferred to professional life. Len expresses himself clearly: the same goes for ideas of Viktor Frankl or C.S. Lewis, and points out the shortcomings of S. Freud's materialism. The argument is always convincing, respectful of religious freedom, and illustrated with funny anecdotes.

F.J. (Spain, 2018)