Imagine learning life-lessons by living vicariously through those who made mistakes and found their way through failure to success. That’s exactly what Regent University Robertson School of Government (RSG) professor Dr. Gary Roberts envisioned while writing his latest book. It covers faith-based character growth at work and seeks to entertain readers by sharing stories from Roberts’ life, all while developing an appreciation for servant leadership. He presented the main topics of his book Thursday, Nov. 5, to guests in Robertson Hall.
“The book is a compilation of stories from my life to grow and develop character,” said Roberts. “It’s based off of devotions I wrote for my students.”
One of the stories takes readers back to Roberts’ first job working in human resources at a paper mill. He lost that job after failing to ensure the delivery of a cake for a workplace safety recognition event. This was before Roberts became a believer in Jesus Christ, and before he learned the importance of servant leadership.
“I had character issues and trouble working outside of my work description,” said Roberts. “Servant leadership is about servanthood and stewardship. It’s about getting the job done and using your time and resources wisely.”
“Developing Christian Servant Leadership Faith-based Character Growth at Work,” shares many more lessons Roberts learned throughout an extensive career. It examines 25 key attributes of servant leadership and is divided into personal reflections and workplace applications. The book teaches the importance of forgiveness, being a cheerful receiver, trusting the Lord for job security, learning how to receive feedback, overcoming mental illness, the importance of pursuing learning and character growth and learning from failure over earning an easy “A.”
Roberts has an extensive background in human resources and nonprofit administration in both public and nonprofit sectors. He’s been with the RSG since 2003 teaching and researching public administration. He’s authored two other books, each about human resources management.