“One with the People,” by Jack King is a much needed book on leadership. The reason is that this book
explores a new kind of leadership. Or rather, an old kind of leadership. That is, the book is inspired by ancient Native American teachings to explain leadership from a more enlightened perspective, then the ”strive for success at any cost approach,” most of us are used to today. Instead Jack King let the characters in his book talk of leadership in terms of love, service and understanding. This is very refreshing.
For anyone who has a great respect and interest in old Native American teachings – this book has much to give. King uses the story of a 21st century corporation that comes to a crises, and combines this with a story that goes back to the 9th century, letting the story of a four-day quest on the top of a grand mesa in the four corners region of America’s southwest be the place where wisdom about leadership pours out. Sani, a very old and wise Navajo man, prepares his adopted granddaughter, Topangah, a young Tongva lady, to take her place among the people and lead them to a new and better place. Sani uses the Anishinaabe teachings of the Seven Grandfathers to help Topangah understand what is truly necessary to lead: love, respect, courage, honesty, humility, truth, and wisdom.