With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America

Paperback | December 29, 2010

byDouglas A. Hicks

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Perhaps no other nation is or has ever been as religiously diverse as the United States. For elected officials, school principals, corporate leaders, and many others, this diversity poses unique challenges. Leaders bring their own faiths to public life, and they daily encounter followers ofsimilar and different faiths. Good leadership must draw together people from varied backgrounds in order to achieve something in common. This is no simple task.How should leaders deal with menorahs and crosses, veils and turbans, prayers and holidays? How do they and their followers turn the cacophony of beliefs and practices into a kind of citizenship worthy of the American tradition of religious freedom? How can they honor the religious convictions ofall Americans? In With God on All Sides, Douglas A. Hicks provides a roadmap for leaders 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 betweenpeople of different faiths. Yet wise leaders can find ways to transform the problem of diversity into an opportunity. Drawing on their moral and spiritual resources, Americans of all creeds have the capacity to enhance the quality of our civic debate. Their faith-based practices create occasions formutual learning.Hicks tells the stories of how diverse Americans have transformed public controversies into cases of cooperation. The key to good leadership, 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 thatis 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.

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Perhaps no other nation is or has ever been as religiously diverse as the United States. For elected officials, school principals, corporate leaders, and many others, this diversity poses unique challenges. Leaders bring their own faiths to public life, and they daily encounter followers ofsimilar and different faiths. Good leadership ...

Douglas A. Hicks is the provost and dean of the faculty-elect at Colgate University. He is currently 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 Work...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:December 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Scanning the Horizon1. Introduction: With God on All Sides2. ''The Vision Thing''3. From Tocqueville to the War on TerrorII. Exploring the Landscape4. How Wide Is Our Lens?5. How Deep Is the Water?6. Crossing PathsIII. Building Crossroads and Connectors7. Shaping the Culture8. Engaging Citizens9. Educating Leaders and Citizens10. What We Can Do NowEpilogue: Memo to the PresidentAcknowledgementsNotesReferencesIndex

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"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: How a "Christian Country" Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation