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Official Review: Profiles in Kindness by Paul E. Kotz

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Profiles in Kindness" by Paul E. Kotz.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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How was your day today? What kind of encounters did you experience? Maybe you saw a tired mother with three restless kids at the grocery store and helped her pack and carry her groceries. Or maybe you bandaged the wounds of an unknown child who fell with his bike on the street outside your window? If that was the case, you have just done something remarkable! You might wonder what is there to applaud for, but as a matter of fact, you have just committed an act of servant leadership.

Profiles in Kindness by Paul E. Kotz is a collection of stories of servant leadership. The author has a long track record in the fields of education and business expertise. Despite his proficiency in teaching, Dr. Kotz does not claim to know everything about the given topic, nor does he promise to reveal all the hidden secrets or train the readers to be excellent at servant leadership. Instead, he allows us glimpses of his own life, describing where and how he has experienced servant leadership. Indeed, there are a lot of little lessons hidden in between the lines of these short stories.

According to the philosophy of servant leadership, the most effective leaders are the ones who are striving to serve others instead of taking ultimate control or gaining power. As Paul E. Kotz states, we recognize the presence or the lack of leadership when we see it. I believe this to be true. The author proves his case by introducing multiple small incidents, where the actions of servant leadership have made an enormous difference. I enjoyed the author’s accurate interpretations and appreciated his openness in sharing these little, sometimes painful, lessons of life. The greatest lesson for me was to realize that everyone needs to be recognized by fellow human beings. Dr. Kotz demonstrates how we can deliver this feeling of recognition with the very little things we choose to say or do. I was left with a resolution to bring this particular teaching alive in my own life and relationships.

Profiles in Kindness is divided into five sections in a way that has been used in many other leadership books. I did not feel satisfied with this kind of structure. The author’s own words suggested this book to be more of an inspirational book than a piece created for teaching purposes. Knowing this, the given structure left me feeling somewhat confused. The stories were adorable, funny, touching, and even heartbreaking sometimes. However, I believe this otherwise such beautiful content might have worked better if it was written into a form of a daily devotional for leaders.

I am happy to grant this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I felt obliged to reduce a star based on the structural concerns mentioned above. The editing of Profiles in Kindness was close to perfection as I only found one typing mistake. To conclude, this book is a beautiful, good-spirited read for everyone who wants to know more about servant leadership or just to find positive ways to influence the surrounding society. As the author kindly points out, we all have so much time. We just have to decide how to use the time given to us.

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I agree with the author that the most effective leaders are servants. Sometimes people extend acts of kindness to others simply because someone else was kind to them.
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It sounds a pretty good book to read.
Nice review.
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Tablito wrote: 13 Aug 2020, 00:12 I agree with the author that the most effective leaders are servants. Sometimes people extend acts of kindness to others simply because someone else was kind to them.
Yes, personally I think the whole world would probably be a better place if more people followed the philosophy of servant leadership. Thanks for commenting!
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Star_and_Buck wrote: 13 Aug 2020, 00:55 It sounds a pretty good book to read.
Nice review.
Do give it a try, I am sure you'll enjoy it! :)
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What an interesting book! I have never heard of the concept of servant leadership, but it's so intriguing that I would like to learn more about it.
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According to the philosophy of servant leadership, the most effective leaders are the ones who are striving to serve others instead of taking ultimate control or gaining power.
I agree with the concept of this book. Thanks for sharing your review. Good job!
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Indeed, servant leadership is the greatest form of leadership. One way or another, we are moved whenever we are on the receiving end of kindness which spurs us to don the same for others. Wonderful review.
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Wow, a book that describes and provides examples of servant leadership in action. I suppose most people don't even realize that they are doing it. The act of doing something purely out of kindness and empathy is truly inspirational and beautiful. Thank you for your insightful and well-rounded review! Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:
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What an insightful review. Seems as though everyone could make use of the book especially our politicians who easily forget the reason they were elected in the first place. We all need to reorient our focus from bettering ourselves to having some time to perform acts of kindness. I would be interested to find out what the book teaches.
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If everyone consciously looked for more positive ways to recognise and influence others there would be more joy and cheer all around. Sounds like a book worth reading. Great review!
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Juliet+1 wrote: 13 Aug 2020, 15:30 What an interesting book! I have never heard of the concept of servant leadership, but it's so intriguing that I would like to learn more about it.
Servant leadership really is a good philosophy, I believe it can make a huge difference in our society. Thanks for commenting!
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Elvis Best wrote: 13 Aug 2020, 17:27
According to the philosophy of servant leadership, the most effective leaders are the ones who are striving to serve others instead of taking ultimate control or gaining power.
I agree with the concept of this book. Thanks for sharing your review. Good job!
Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)
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Kola+wole wrote: 13 Aug 2020, 17:37 Indeed, servant leadership is the greatest form of leadership. One way or another, we are moved whenever we are on the receiving end of kindness which spurs us to don the same for others. Wonderful review.
Kindness creates more kindness, that is definitely true. Thanks for commenting!
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MeganDJ wrote: 14 Aug 2020, 00:11 Wow, a book that describes and provides examples of servant leadership in action. I suppose most people don't even realize that they are doing it. The act of doing something purely out of kindness and empathy is truly inspirational and beautiful. Thank you for your insightful and well-rounded review! Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:
Exactly. I hope that many people will be inspired by reading these stories. Thanks for your kind words!
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