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President Bowling shares winning leadership strategies in new book

Posted: Apr 30, 2013

Sharing from his long career in leadership and his 22 years as president of Olivet, Dr. John C. Bowling looks back at the strategies that have defined him as a leader in his latest book, ReVision: 13 Strategies to Renew Your Work, Your Organization, and Your Life.

Divided into three sections addressing three perspectives — looking back, looking within and looking ahead — this work provides a set of 13 strategies that Bowling has used effectively during his career. He combines analysis of his own experiences with input from other leaders in various fields and comes to a revealing conclusion: leadership is about people more than about businesses or organizations. His revelations about his own work, organization and life make this even more relevant as an inspiration for today’s leaders.

“I have found that leadership is a daily process,” Dr. Bowling says. “It is like a surfer riding the wave. Such an experience demands constant attention to the changing currents around you. Leaders who can’t adjust, can’t lead. Anyone in a leadership position must continue to grow and develop if his or her organization is to remain productive, joyful and relevant.”

Published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, ReVision is now available from Nazarene Publishing House and

Dr. John C. Bowling has served as president of Olivet Nazarene University since 1991. Under his leadership, the University has consistently experienced record enrollments, unprecedented building projects, expanded degree programs, successful athletic programs, extraordinary morale among the campus community, and stronger relationships with service organizations. He is largely credited for bringing the Chicago Bears Training Camp to Olivet’s campus and the Kankakee area in 2002.