I found myself discussing ethics, honesty and integrity yesterday with a friend--or rather, the increasing disappearance of these characteristics exhibited by people in our society. Since ethical behavior frequently comes up during conversation, I looked forward to reading and reviewing The Ethical Coach Leader by Dwight Johnson. What did I think of The Ethical Coach Leader?
I received a complimentary, advanced copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own. This book releases on April 5. As part of the iRead Book Tour, I have joined the book tour giveaway--so be sure to enter to win a tour prize at the end of this post.
Quick Summary of The Ethical Coach Leader by Dwight Johnson. Ethics are a growing concern in all sectors of American culture. From businesses to all levels of schooling, as well as nonprofit companies, the values that guide business and teaching criteria are under scrutiny. But, does it take a scholarly textbook to understand how to create an ethical culture? No, Dwight Johnson has delved into the problems and presents practical solutions in his easy to read book, The Ethical Coach Leader: Developing Honor and Integrity.
A fiction book that has universal application, Johnson creates an intriguing story about a college coach who finds out that his star athlete failed a steroid test, putting the coach in the cross hairs of an ethical dilemma. During a couple of restless nights of sleep, Coach is visited by five ghosts: the Ghost of Example, the Ghost of Education, the Ghost of Experience, the Ghost of E-information, and the Ghost of Environment. Each has different advice for Coach on how to resolve his ethical dilemma. With the dreams haunting his every waking moment, Coach also seeks advice from two of his former mentors. The lessons Coach learns can be applied to any industry, business, school or individual life.
The Ethical Coach Leader challenges cultural mindsets and introduces new ideas on how to apply desperately needed teachings in ethics, integrity, honor and good character. This is a must read book for anyone who has influence on others or is in a leadership role.
The Ethical Coach Leader Perfectly Combines Fiction and Reality. While the main character, Coach, moves through the book in a fictionalized plot with Ghosts visiting his dreams--his dilemma is very realistic. I read a lot of fiction; but, I enjoy the pieces most when they have roots in reality. Everyone has experienced an ethical dilemma, to some degree, similar to the one experienced by Coach--and can certainly envision a sport coach facing the scenarios presented in the book. The character interactions and the plot development may be fictionalized--but, readers will find the story very modern-day and real.
The Ethical Coach Leader Offers a Lesson via Unique Means. While I am certain that Johnson could have written a wonderful, self-help style book addressing all of the points and risks faced by his fictional coach; he approached the lesson and the teaching opportunity via more entertaining means. Perhaps you have felt a bit "haunted" by the various outcomes of handling an ethical dilemma or decision? Sleepless nights. Distracted days. Swirling thoughts haunting you until you handle the issue. Johnson's Ghosts present advice and direction effectively in this book without teaching or preaching or boring the reader with textbook cases.
Would I recommend The Ethical Coach Leader by Dwight Johnson? The problems faced in this book are not unique to Coach. We all face ethical challenges. While these challenges may seem insignificant to us; our handling of these challenges have larger, daily implications beyond ourselves. I enjoyed Johnson's characters and writing style. The book is short and easy to read--but, offers many reminders and considerations to readers.
Meet the Author
Dwight Johnson resides in Colorado Springs where he works at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who was a Squadron Commander three times and a Division Chief twice. He also served as the Department Head of Services at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he taught Customer Service and Total Quality Service.
In 2012, Dwight was awarded the General Billy J Boles Mentorship Award for the Air Force Academy for mentoring cadets.
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