Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders

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InterVarsity Press, Feb 10, 2003 - Religion - 214 pages
The nail that sticks out gets hammered down. This Japanese expression characterizes the attitude of many Asian Americans. We are often taught not to put ourselves forward--not to stick out. But the Western concept of leadership is all about stepping up and standing apart from the group. Is that appropriate for Asian Americans? Or can we lead out of our own cultural strengths rather than being pressed into the Western mold? Paul Tokunaga has been a leader in Asian American, white and multiethnic contexts for many years. He has been active in ministry and in his community. In Invitation to Lead he offers, with surprising transparency, lessons from his own rich experiences--both successes and failures. Many of us aren't sure whether we can or should lead. We are waiting for someone to ask. Or we are just beginning to take on new roles and responsibilities at church, at work or in our neighborhoods. Here, at last, is our invitation to lead.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Building the Spiritual Foundations of
19
Understanding Our Asian DNA
32
Are We All That Different?
52
Who They Are
61
What They Choose to Do
73
Jesus Beats the Warlords
90
Asian American Level 5 Leaders
138
Developing and Deploying
149
Epilogue
208
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Paul Tokunaga (Master of Christian Studies, New College, Berkeley) is vice president and director of strategic ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He started with InterVarsity as a student at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and has also worked with 2100 Productions and as Southeast Regional Director.

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