The Character of Leadership

The Character of Leadership

Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizations

By Michael Jinkins; Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins; Jinkins

Jossey-Bass, Paperback, 9780787941208, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 27, 1998

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.

About the Author
Michael Jinkins is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He serves as Dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he is also Professor of Pastoral Theology. Michael is the author of eleven books, including: "In the House of the Lord: Inhabiting the Psalms of Lament "(Liturgical Press, 1998), "The Church Faces" Death (Oxford University Press, 1999), "Invitation to Theology" (InterVarsity Press, 2001), and "Letters to New Pastors" (Eerdmans, 2006).

Jinkins is an accountability and compliance monitor in school district effectiveness for the Texas Education Agency.