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I've Got Your Back: A Leadership Parable

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If Jesus wrote a book about leadership today, he would tell a story. That's what the author decided when he tore up his first draft. Instead, he wrote a parable about four twenty-somethings who are having major problems with bad bosses. Jack Henderson, a retired Army Special Forces Sergeant and former missionary, begins to teach them Biblical principles about leadership an ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published 2012 by Tenthpower Publishing
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John E. Smith
I thoroughly enjoyed “I’ve Got Your Back” by Jame C. Galvin, a narrative form story about four young people learning leadership through coaching by an older person, with ample Bible verses sprinkled throughout and prolific use of all those words I mentioned above ... go figure.

The Background … “When it comes to leadership, everyone is afraid of something.”
Randall, Brad, Valerie, and Lynn are young college graduates in different positions and work environments, with different types of challenges.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
We achieve sound leadership by pursuing good followership.

This is an easy and accessible read with a truly unique perspective. Galvin makes his ideas accessible through a story and breaks them down well in an afterward that hammers home his principles. He has good matrices for types of followership and for how followership leads to leadership. It's a great introduction to leadership for someone who is saying, "...but I'm not a leader!"
Andy Kelly
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good content. Typos were distracting.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In I've Got Your Back, James C. Galvin has written a parable about leadership and how to be an effective follower and leader. This book has taken ten years to write and it was original written in the form of a textbook. He asked his fellow experts to offer feedback on what they thought of the book and then he asked younger leaders on how he could improve it. He eventually realized that the book had to be torn up and rewritten for today's generations of young leaders. The first part of the book w ...more
Create With Joy
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Did you know that approximately every eight hours, Amazon releases a new book on leadership? That probably explains why so many of the books you read on the subject sound so much alike! When was the last time you read a book on leadership that truly taught you something new?

Thank goodness James C. Galvin reached the same conclusion before he released I've Got Your Back – A Leadership Parable! As a result, James has written an informative book that truly offers fresh insights into an age-old topi
Lynnda Ell
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’ve Got Your Back puts into focus the leading well and following well concepts I have tried to live and to mentor in others. Not having given as much thought and prayer to the subject, the ideas were vague and less defined for me. James Galvin succeeded in giving them a clarity and logical format that had me saying, “So that’s why I suffered under that boss,” and “Oops, I didn’t follow well that time.” I worked for a Fortune 500 company, where I led several large, complex teams to a successful ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction

FTC:: This post was written for Handlebar , who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
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If Jesus wrote a book about leadership today, he would tell a story. That's what the author decided when he tore up his first draft. Instead, he wrote a parable about four twenty-somethings who are having major problems with bad bosses. Jack Hendrickson, a retired Army Special Forces Sergeant and former missionary, begins to teach them Biblical principles about leade
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leadership is a hot topic today. Everyone wants to know what makes a good leader and what a good leader does but most of all they want to know how to become one. In his book, “I’ve Got Your Back”, James C. Galvin presents a parable (or a story) of four people who have bosses with poor leadership skills.

Instead of leaving their jobs in search of better circumstances, these four individuals want to learn how to function successfully with the boss they currently have. Fortunately for them, they ar
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Are you a victim of followership abuse? Many people who try to follow the teachings of the Bible to “obey your leaders, and accept their authority” end up being taken advantage of and treated with disrespect. Why is that? Is it God’s will for us to fall under the tyranny of poor leadership? James C. Galvin addresses this very issue in his book, I’ve Got Your Back, where he explains that, contrary to what we all have been taught, mindless submission is not good followership, because it doesn’t st ...more
Stephanie Ziegler
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Four members of a Bible study group are having major issues in their jobs. They all have bad bosses and do not know how to handle their situations. They decide to turn to their churches and seek out a mentor that can help them fix their problems.

The group meets Jack, who explains follower abuse and four different ways to respond to it. "You can decide how you will respond to follower abuse." One way is to develop your unique potential. You can be leaders without taking a leadership role. "Everyb
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity, 2013
All human beings are both followers and leaders. Whether within the home, at church, on the job, citizens of a country, members of a family, or volunteers at a charity organization every person fills both roles in one sense or another. If you find yourself in the role of leader, the question you have probably never asked yourself is "Am I a good follower?" This book helps to define those roles and to encourage everyone to reach for a better way of filling the shoes we fill.

"Another book on lead
Liz Terek
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
James C. Galvin has written “I’ve Got Your Back” under the premise that it’s in the format of how Jesus would’ve written a book .The first part of the book is in parable format. Subtitled, A Leadership Parable - biblical principles for leading and following well, the majority of this little story is about people who are Believers stressed with life and them being mentored. The second part of I’ve Got Your Back is nonfiction. It reads more like he’s delivering a condensed thesis. Here he discusse ...more
Allen Jr.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: followership
I appreciate Galvin's two-pronged approach to examining followership: the use of a fictional narrative in the first part of a book, followed by a more systematic, didactic approach in the second part. The narrative, although it felt a bit too contrived at times, moved quickly and provided an engaging depiction of the journey of learning to follow well.

There are many followership style schemes out there in the literature, but I appreciate Galvin's threefold distinction in types, or perhaps "spher
Linda Walters
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this book refreshing to read and enjoyed every minute of it. I have to admit I peeked ahead of time. When I got the book I popped open the book at about page 33 just to kind of poke around and after just a few pages, I thought, "Oh this is good, I've got to go and read it from the beginning." So I went back to the beginning and read the story first. I also liked the author's gracious statement that there is no wrong way to read this book; you can start with the story or the other part (t ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
James Galvin decided to teach us about leadership by way of a story.

He chose this option after his first draft wasn't working out for him. This book is terrific - eleven chapters about four 20-somethings who try Biblical leadership and fail! Sound intriguing?

Galvin uses his skills in strategy and consulting to weave an engaging story about what it means to lead but also to follow.

Each character hates their bosses and try to apply the lessons learned from their mentor.

This kind of book would be a
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I am a fan boy of reading a lot of books on leadership and self-improvement. Sometimes probably I spend time reading that I should be doing. So, having stated that disclaimer (I would probably read the leadership secrets of Hitler....) Here are some themes from the book that struck a chord with me:

1. His emphasis on followership
2. The three levels of leadership followership.
3. Godly good advice about following well.

How would I rate this book? I am thinking it is a solid B. I
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Applicable for all types of situations, whether work, church, or home. This was a great reminder to me that following never stops. We can help our leaders lead better by following well, while also stepping up and taking initiative in other areas. You are not just a leader and you are not just a follower. I like that the characters in the parable each have vastly different scenarios and problems with leading/following. I identified with one individual more than the rest and I'm sure you will find ...more
Crystal Green
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those self-help devotional types of books that really gets your mind rolling in a positive manner. Many of us are looking for ways to increase our leadership skills or gain some. This book gives a person a biblical practical way of doing it. I truly have believed that a person was either a born leader or they weren’t a leader at all. You can read more here ...more
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be well-written and engaging. The characters and their stories were realistic and approachable. Even the back section about leadership was easy-to-follow. I think this would be a great book for someone who seems to have lost their way or who is interested in leading a life that is closer to God's plan for him or her. ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one that I will definitely use with groups of men (my primary ministry group). Excellent resource. The material about leader abuse is worth the read. Very helpful and fresh approach to leadership.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
I wasn't fascinated by this book. The message was: to be a good leader, you have to be a good follower. I agree with that message, but some parts were questionable and the style of the author was not very persuasive. ...more
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