Change the Way You Think About LeadershipAt the age of thirty three Dr Albert Mohler became the youngest president in the 153 year history of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary He was the driving force behind the school's transformation into a thriving institution with an international reputation characterized by a passionate conviction for truth In the process he became one of the most important and prominent Christian voices in contemporary cultureWhat will it take to transform your leadershipEffective leaders need than administrative skills and vision They need to be able to change the hearts and minds of those they lead Leadership like this reuires passionate beliefs that can stand up to pressure from without and withinNow for the first time Dr Mohler reveals 25 principles to crystallize your convictions revolutionizing your thinking your decision making your communication and ultimately those you lead Great resource for any leader Mohler combines his experience in training the next generation of Christian leaders with the best of what you can find in other leadership genres The difference for Mohler though is leadership grounded in truth First rate It would be hard to over praise this one Also read back in 2013 Still the best book on leadership I have ever read It needs to be revisited every couple of years Here are the things I liked First it is comprehensive covering internal things such as honesty as well as external things such as managing and dealing with the media There is no topic associated with leadership that he doesn't touch on But it is important to note that while much applies to pastors it was not written for pastors Second he freuently encourages men to make sure they are called to leadership Often he will say something like if you cannot do x then don't lead Third his chapter on power was great He does not say Power is bad He states the obvious; leadership is about power We are stewards of that power Fourth the book is clear The chapters are a good length and well organized Sixth he encourages leaders to lead So often in Christian circles men who try to lead are accused of pride He says that God put you there so lead Push your message Push your organization Do not be afraid to be in front Seventh his chapters on time and credibility were very convicting How much time do I waste? How much credibility have I lost by failing to follow through Finally his chapter on the digital world and social media was a well balanced encouragement to use all the resources at your disposal to get the truth out there A great book I have a confession to make I really don't like leadership booksDon't get me wrong I read books on leadership freuently and I understand the value that good books on leadership add to my own ability to lead In many ways leadership is a very pragmatic subject and I've greatly benefited from many of the ones I've read I've just never actually enjoyed one beforeUntil nowMohler makes no effort to hide the fact that The Conviction to Lead is categorically different from the plethora of other leadership books that have flooded Christian and secular bookstores over the last few decades His first sentence lays it all on the line Let me warn you right up front—my goal is to change the way you think about leadership I do not aim merely to add one voice to the conversation; I want to fundamentally change the way leadership is understood and practicedThis book approaches a problem which Mohler sees in today's evangelical culture The church he says seems to be increasingly divided between two groups Leaders and Believers That is to say today's churches and seminaries are filled with those who are gifted and driven to lead well and with those who care deeply and passionately about theology but there is not necessarily a lot of overlap between the two Mohler thinks there should be This book is his effort to bridge that gap to redefine Christian leadership so that it is inseparable from passionately held beliefs and to motivate those who are deeply committed to truth to be ready for leadershipLeadership books speak often of different types of intelligence building on Howard Gardner's no relation theory of multiple intelligences Often there will be some sort of personality profile test or spiritual gifts inventory in the churchy lingo to help leaders best use their natural abilities to discover their own leadership style This can be very useful and Mohler adds his own twist here He suggests another type of intelligence which strong leaders reuire Convictional IntelligenceConvictional intelligence emerges when the leader increases in knowledge and in strength of belief It deepens over time with the seasoning and maturing of knowledge that grows out of faithful learning Christian thinking and biblical reasoning As leaders become committed to studying what they believe the convictions that develop from these beliefs inform the direction in which they are leading In turn these convictions drive the passionate student to lead others down the same path It's a powerful cycleMohler's arguments are uite compelling and very attractive This book resonated with me largely because it gives voice to much of my own experience The times at which I feel I have developed most as a leader have been the times at which I was most diligently studying learning and forming strong convictions about everything from theology to philosophy to history and every other form of knowledge Usually these have been times when I myself have been led by a man of very strong conviction So what Mohler is saying here sounded uite familiar though I had never made the connection beforeThat said I have MUCH yet to learn about leading well both in terms of leadership philosophy and practical concerns This book deals with both Mohler instructs those who read his book to seek to grow by following 25 principles with a healthy mix of the abstract and the pragmatic These principles also cover the entire length of a leader's life from how to develop the conviction and skills necessary to lead in the first place to how to leave a legacy for future generations to continue following once the leader is goneSome chapters cover areas in which I am already strong eg Leaders Are Readers while others cover areas of personal weakness You might say these chapters were particularly convicting which is of course something to be expected in a book seeking to develop the conviction to lead For me the chapter I need to read over and over again in my current stage of leadership development is Leaders Are Communicators For you it may be another area of weakness which must become a strength but I believe every leader or potential leader ie all Christians will benefit greatly from this bookI don't often recommend leadership books but I hope you'll read this one Buy it here
- 224 pages
- The Conviction to Lead
- R. Albert Mohler Jr.
- 21 January 2014 R. Albert Mohler Jr.