Hunter set to speak at Leadership LIVE

Published on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 23:13 - Written by Roy Maynard, rmaynard@tylerpaper.com

Leadership isn’t magic — and it’s not inborn. It’s something everyone can learn, as long as they’re ready to serve.

That’s the message that author James C. Hunter will bring to Leadership LIVE, a one-day event slated for Tuesday, Sept. 9. The event will be held by Leadership Tyler, with Brookshire Grocery Company as the presenting sponsor.

Tickets to the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Green Acres Crosswalk Center, are $99, for the seminar and a luncheon. The luncheon, without the seminar, is $55.

Leadership Tyler’s board president interim executive director says the group is pleased to bring Hunter to town.

“James is somebody who comes highly recommended,” said Smittee Root.

In fact, one of those who recommended Hunter to speak in Tyler was Leadership LIVE’s speaker last year, Joel Manby.

“Joel said we would really enjoy James Hunter and that it would be a good fit for our organization,” Root said. “So we’re very excited to have him.”

Hunter, author of the bestselling “The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership,” contends that leadership can be learned.

“It is not something you are born with,” Hunter writes in his book. “Becoming an effective leader is precisely analogous to becoming an accomplished musician or athlete. Has anyone ever learned to swim reading a book?”

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

“Being an effective leader is a skill that requires commitment, discipline and the willingness to change,” he writes. “There is no magic dust.”

Still, that doesn’t mean Hunter’s proven servant-leadership principles are complicated.

“It all boils down to one simple little rule you learned a long time ago,” he writes. “And that simple rule is to treat people the way you would want to be treated. The Golden Rule… I’m not here to instruct you. I’m here to remind you.”

At the luncheon, members of the new Leadership Tyler Class 28 members will be introduced.

For more information, go towww.leadershiptyler.org or call 903-535-9242.