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Invitation to Lead: Advice for Parenting, Finances, Career, Surviving Each Day & Much More

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The nail that sticks out gets hammered down. This Japanese expression characterizes the attitude of many Asian Americans. We are often taught not to put ourselves forward--not to stick out. But the Western concept of leadership is all about stepping up and standing apart from the group. Is that appropriate for Asian Americans? Or can we lead out of our own cultural strengt ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published March 10th 2003 by IVP Books (first published 2003)
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Robin Koshy
May 04, 2015 Robin Koshy rated it really liked it
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The title is incorrect here. It is not about parenting, finances or career, but Asian American leadership. Nevertheless, section 2 is worth the whole book. Tokunaga puts vocabulary and words to a lot of the way Asian Americans feel and have felt in majority cultures (even for me as a brown Asian American!). Wonderful book. More books like these need to be written!
Johnny
Aug 20, 2010 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: sociology, leadership
Most of my friends and colleagues won't benefit from this review, but I sometimes write up reviews of useful books for Goodreads just as an extra back-up for my digital notes. This is one of those cases. I work with two Asian-American congregations--one is primarily Chinese-American and one is primarily Korean-American. Since the love of my life is Asian-American (predictably, she would prefer me to type "Chinese," but that's part of what Tokunaga touches upon), I am thrilled to work with Asian- ...more
Minyoung Lee
Sep 14, 2012 Minyoung Lee rated it liked it
The premise of this book is that the reader is a devout Christian Asian American. This was completely unexpected for me, especially since this book was recommended by Amazon after my purchase of "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling," a more "typical" career guide on Asian Americans in corporate America.

Fortunately, I happened to fit this criteria of readership of this book, and found it very touching in various ways. I have been reading this book for over a year, which is atypical of my reading style,
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Liz
Dec 12, 2013 Liz rated it liked it
Invitation to Lead is written for developing Asian American leaders and is also useful for those leading Asian American leaders. If you are Asian American and have had some leadership training, you probably won't be surprised by anything in this book.

Read this if you are a young Asian American leader and want insight into growing as a leader OR if you haven't thought much about how leading Asian Americans is strategically different from leading other groups.
Cristina
Jan 20, 2013 Cristina rated it it was ok
a lot more religious than I had anticipated, but there's value in the read.
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