Dr. Reeves Launches Book, “Surveying The Leadership Landscape”

4
1154
Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr. (right) says he hopes that people will learn from his book indispensable qualities which, when put together, make good leaders.

The Senior Pastor of the Historic Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Dr.  Samuel B. Reeves, Jr., as part of his many contributions towards the progress of Liberia, has authored a book calls “Surveying The Leadership Landscape; Indispensable Qualities of Leadership.”

The newly published book seeks to mould the minds of those aspiring for leadership wherever they find themselves with emphasis on Biblical principles.

At a well-attended book launch, held Friday, December 4, 2020 at the John B. Falconer Annex of the Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Reeves attributed the writing of the book to what he calls the leadership gaps in Liberia over the years.

Rev. Reeves, who has over 25 years of professional experience, said Liberia’s problem today, as in yesteryears, cannot be attributed to the lack of resources, but due to the lack of leadership in public, private and religious institutions.

Rev. Reeves also attributed the writing of the book to inquiries by many people in 2005 asking for direction on who to vote for during the general presidential elections.

According to him, he believes that God has given him the extra gift of leadership and deems it necessary to share it as a professor of the Baptist Theological Seminary, pastor, friend and leader.

Reading excerpts from the introduction of the book, Rev. Reeves said: “as I write these words, a crisis of leadership facing the world from Asia to Europe, North America and to Africa. Liberia is in the heat of serious dispute and difficulties. The headlines in the country’s major news outlets suggest that some leaders in the corporate and religious arena are guilty of leadership default. In the political realm, from President Donald Trump in the United States to President George M. Weah of Liberia, regardless of your preferred party, most of these leaders display poor judgment on what it takes to lead.”

He added that it is his hope that people will learn from his book indispensable qualities which, when put together, make good leaders.

Mr. Monie R. Captan, former Foreign Affairs Minister and Professor of International Relations at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida School of International Studies, who reviewed the book, said the volume will help shape the minds of people who have a different thought about leadership.

Mr. Captan said Rev. Reeves identifies seven qualities of leadership, namely, vision, character, charisma, commitment, communication, courage and competence.

According to him, the author enriches his book by providing scriptural backing for these qualities and also employs examples of these qualities from biblical characters.

He said Rev. Reeves argues in his book that these men had one thing in common – character — and God saw character in Abraham, Moses and Joshua.

“Rev. Reeves then relates the importance of character to leadership in contemporary times and calls upon the people to choose leaders of character. He writes: “Liberia, we need leaders with character, be it in the church, academic institutions, public and private corporations, or in the government,” Mr. Captan said.

Mr. Captan said this quality was important because it showed that committed leadership can endure to the end and show results.

According to him, the author (Reeves) also emphasized the importance of courage as a key quality of leadership and “getting the job done” characterizes the last quality of leadership, competence.

“These key qualities do not exist in a vacuum. In order to be effective, they should form a combination of qualities of a leader. One quality cannot suffice for effective leadership. Imagine a person of vision who is not competent, or a competent leader with no character, or leader with good character [but] neither vision nor competence.” Mr. Captan noted.

“What makes this book important is that is both grounded in scriptures of the Bible and yet it is practical and relates to our everyday life. It serves as a practical guide to the people their leaders as they fulfill their purpose to each other and their nation.”

He said but most of all, Rev. Reeves informs Liberians that, “all of our gifts, competencies, skills and talents, come from God. Therefore, our authority to lead must be based on sacrificial service, faithful work filled with a commitment to fine tuning our character.”

Sister Mary Laurene Brown (OSF), who launched the book, called on Liberians to elect leaders based on character and respect.

“I don’t know wether a lot of people understand the essence of leadership because a true leader is a servant and this is what we often forget and sometimes go to the extent of glorifying a leader,” she said. Madam Brown, however, said it is her prayer that the book will be read and not placed on a shelf to gather dust; that it will be read in small and big groups, as well as individually, and then it will be discussed so that the children and emerging leaders will know what to do.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Is this book about Christian Leadership or Political Leadership? I hope it is about the former and not the latter. Reverend, “You can not serve two masters. You will either hate the one and love the other.”(Holy Bible)

    • After..

      (1) reading the rubbish from this drunk (Sam Reeves) from the gutters and night clubs of the USA,, this rascal (Sam Reeves) and having seen how his counterpart Rev. Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti “as a priest, taught liberation theology and, as a president, he attempted to normalize Afro-Creole culture, including Vodou religion, in Haiti“, and..

      (2) how this very Sam Reeves abandoned the Church to hustle his way around the national cake as Vice Presidential candidate under his man Mill Jones, who as CBL Governor, used government funds to run his campaign to ensure his being the custodian of THE NATIONAL CAKE, ONE easily sees how…

      (3) these rascals and neophytes are so dumb that they still have not been able to learn that education and information technology have long flung open the doors of mental and emotional prisons (religion) which so called pastors, bishops, and other ecclesiastical authorities have used to their selfish commercial and political interests. In other words, If

      (4) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION PROPER didn’t, they PASTORPRENEURS would by now know that the Liberian people, despite their evergreen religious urge and reverential life, they have bulldozed into oblivion that mindset or mentality where SATANS ON PULPIT (Sam Reeves, etc), and political neophytes and their fellow power seeking hypocrites, used religion and money to

      (5) enrich themselves, and manipulate electorates.as we saw with Alex Cummings, at the dying minutes of the presidential elections telling voters that he would create 100,000 jobs in 90 days while Sam Reeves is here very insanely and bizarrely deceiving his drunkard self that the political leadership needed in Liberia today must be Pastors, or Bishops., when..

      (6) such characters are GENERALLY mere power and money SEEKING hypocrites far worse than politicians, and are the principal customers of medicine, juju, and vodou men ONTOP of their being top on the list of rapists and pedophiles! When..

      (7) President George Manneh Weah is not a Bishop! But Transparency International and the International Community have rated him and his government as one characterized with improvement in the rule of Law in Liberia and and minimal corruption under his leadership as compared with his predecessors! Nor was Lee Huan Hew, or the late great Jerry Rawlings even Sunday School teachers.

      Look Sam Reeves, in your power seeking hypocrisy and delusion that you a darn drunk qualifies for the presidency, you will have to bear in mind that THE WORLD SHALL NO MORE RETARD MANKINDS CIVILIZATION TO THE PAPACY. For this is not the Middle Ages, but indeed the 2nd quarter of the 21st Century

      And so, amid your lack of common sense which has been eviscerated by your overplus drinking and your greed for power, you better take into account the rule of the game that man cannot serve God and Mammon and the sine qua non of democracy…THE UNCOMPROMISING NEED FOR THE SEPARATION OF Church and State!

      IS IT NOT THE POLITICAL STUPIDITY OF ONE PASTOR IN THE 70s WHICH PLACED LIBERIA IN THE MOST DANGEROUS POSITION OF THE GRANDCHESS BOARD OF GEOPOLITICS FROM WHICH LIBERIA IS STILL SUFFERING TO THIS DAY??? MR. DRUNKARD SAM REEVES??? YOU BETTER USE THAT SHELL ON YOUR SHOULDERS! FOR POLITICS IS NO CHURCH! HENCE, POLITICS IS NOT FOR PASTORS! STICK TO YOUR FAITH AND OBEDIENCE! AND LEAVE THE POLITICIANS WITH CONFLICT AND COOPERATION!

      • TRUE TRUE TRUE. Since when does Providence talk about leadership. All they do in that church is to worship the next leader. they invited EJS every sunday. that is a “prestige church” where you go to meet politicians and rub against them to get a job. Providence is a hypocritical [email protected] kissing church full of greedy upscale liberians who look down on poor people.

  2. what leadership. Providence Baptist Churcch has been known for over one hundred years as the POLITICAL CHURCH they never criticize the government. They never stand up for anything. all they do is kiss butt.. they did it for tubman tolbert doe, taylor ellen and weah. They never criticize the government instead they use it as a power play to be in the mix of the conversation. You dont know a damn thing about leadership. I want to see Dr. Reeves criticize the government and demand scrutiny

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here