With God on All Sides : Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America
Perhaps no other nation is as religiously diverse as the United States. For elected officials, school principals, and corporate leaders, this diversity poses challenges. How should leaders deal with menorahs and crosses, veils and turbans, prayers and holidays? How can they honor the religious convictions of all Americans? In With God on All Sides, Douglas A. Hicks provides a roadmap for leaders of various kinds as they traverse the post-9/11 landscape. Although the devout possess moral and spiritual resources that can enrich civic life, leaders must also be prepared to cope with nearly inevitable conflicts between people of different faiths. Hicks tells the stories of how diverse Americans have transformed public controversies into cases of cooperation. The key, Hicks writes, is to engage one another across lines of difference with a spirit of humility, build communication and trust, and offer an inclusive vision that is true to America's principles. Based on years of research and practical experience, With God on All Sides provides an invaluable and thought-provoking guide to leadership-and citizenship-in our devout and diverse nation.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
- 12 Feb 2009
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About Douglas A. Hicks
Douglas A. Hicks is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Executive Director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond. He is the author of Religion and the Workplace: Pluralism, Spirituality, Leadership and Inequality and Christian Ethics.
Douglas Hicks understands the power and the diversity of religion in America. In this book he breaks it down, analyzes it and offers suggestions on how our leaders can and should deal with it. A thoughtful, evenhanded work." Bob Schieffer, CBS News Among its many contributions, the Commonwealth of Virginia has offered two great Virginia values to the nation: equality and religious freedom. In our current politics, too full of division and fear-mongering, these are principles we can stand on. Douglas Hicks interprets these key ideas and invites us all into a public conversation about religious faith in America. His well-written book serves as a guide." The Hon. Tim Kaine, Governor of Virginia Solidly based in history and attuned to today, Hicks's book is a realistic guide to how we can positively live and work together. I highly recommend it as a major contribution to an effective leadership. James MacGregor Burns, author of Leadership and Running Alone In this highly accessible and interesting book, Douglas Hicks describes how religion in all of its diversity can help build common ground. He ably draws on studies of both religion and leadership to produce a book with practical implications for American public life. Diana Eck, author of A New Religious America This is an exceptional book. I whipped through it in a day, and then went back and re-read my favorite parts again. For all those who want America's mix of religious devotion and diversity to lead to cooperation instead of a clash of civilizations, this book is required reading. Eboo Patel, Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith
Table of contents
PREFACE: WITH GOD ON ALL SIDES ; I: The Challenges We Face ; 1. "The Vision Thing" ; 2. From Tocqueville to the War on Terror ; 3. Widening Narrow Visions ; 4. Deepening Shallow Visions ; II: A Way Forward ; 5. Transforming Our Leadership ; 6. Shaping the Culture ; 7. Engaging Citizens ; 8. Educating Leaders and Citizens ; 9. What We Can Do Now