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The Conviction to Lead 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 enjoyed this book from the moment I started reading and never tired of it till I put it down Excellent; and ambitious as its author Mohler begins “I want to fundamentally change the way leadership is understood and practiced” 15 How? By emphasizing the centrality of conviction to biblical leadership And who better to write on the topic? Another fitting subtitle for this book would be “How to Be Like Al Mohler” But that’s okay because many of us appreciate what Mohler has accomplished and are eager to learn from him I guess that’s why he wrote this bookHere are my top 21 take away’s ranked from least to most significant1 Learn how to invite good feedback You can’t rely on the comments you receive afterwards People will often tell you that they enjoyed your speech when they aren’t sure why it mattered 1302 The wise leader understands that he is not indispensable “They are going to put you in a box and put the box in the ground and throw dirt on your face and then go back to the church and eat potato salad” 2033 Leadership is stewardship Leaders are the stewards of “human lives and their welfare” “time and opportunity” “assets and resources” “energy and attention” “reputation and legacy” and “truth and teaching” 137 1384 “Generous self deprecating humor is a gift that leaders can give to the people they serve” 1555 Great leaders are not afraid to face difficult facts Mohler says “The conscious denial of reality is a central danger of leadership History is filled with generals who refused to admit they had been out maneuvered captains who refused to admit they were lost and CEOs who refused to admit no one was buying their products 61” One of the ways that leaders build trust is by making clear to their followers that they will be accountable to the facts6 Leaders are writers “The only way to become a better writer is to read and write as much as possible” 169 “The writer’s most important euipment is a room with a door and the writer’s determination to close that door” 171 Don’t be a perfectionistic writer You will always be able to find something that you wish you could improve even after your book or article is published Meet your deadlines7 Leadership is much than holding a position But positions help in two ways First they allow the leader to speak for the organization Second they allow the leader to “force change within the organization” 1108 When it comes to leadership E is important than I 309 Reputation is very important Good leaders know that their legacies depend upon their own reputations and the reputations of those whom they lead 13810 One of the leader’s primary goals is to perpetuate his convictions “The idiosyncrasies of the leader will not or should not remain The plans and visions of the leader will be outdated soon after his burial The style of the leader is a personal signature Your tastes will not be the tastes of the future Yet none of this really matters What matters is that the convictions survive” 201 In order to perpetuate his convictions a great leader documents and communicates them as much as possible He also hires and promotes on the basis of convictional alignment “Anyone with reservations about your convictional stance should not serve in a leadership position To allow this is to plant the seeds of your organization’s destruction” 210 “In a healthy organization the younger members are even openly and deeply committed to the group’s convictions than the older members are” 210 Finally the leader perpetuates his convictions by driving them into the organization’s DNA “The leader should seek to drive his convictions and beliefs so deeply into the culture and ethos of the organization that alteration or abandonment is seen as betrayal” 210 In order to take the organization in a different direction after you resign the board must be forced to contradict everything you have taught stood for and modeled Mohler is uite clear “If my successor attempts to subvert the truths upon which this institution is established I will do everything I can to stop that subversion even if it means haunting my successor from the grave by memory” 211 “If all goes well our successors will outperform us and reach heights we could only dream of” 20211 “The leaders who make the biggest differences are those with long tenure Great impact reuires a lengthy term of leadership” 191 Long haul commitment is what enables leaders to weather individual storms “Some days you just have to live with the fact that if today is all there is the folks who hired me would never hire me again As a matter of fact if today is all there is I wouldn’t hire myself” 195 Many leaders are guilty of “building a long resume but casting no shadow They prove the awful truth that you can serve in a leadership position and never really lead” 19612 One of the most significant ways to lead is by shaping the worldview of your followers Mohler says “The leader must shape the way followers think about what is real what is true what is right and what is important 47; emphasis his” The leader must shape the priorities of his followers since priorities as well as values determine direction As the leader continues to emphasize worldview those who buy in will gravitate to the center of the organization and those who don’t will move to the periphery This process is natural and healthy13 “Leaders are distinguished by ‘their tender loving care of time’” 184 attributed to Peter Drucker It may be helpful to analyze how you spend your time since leaders are often distracted by peripheral matters One of the ways that leaders waste time is by being too available “The expectation of constant availability will defeat any leader and render leadership ineffective” 187 “The effective leader learns how to be available at the right times—the times that will make the most difference” 186 When are those times? Since “the essence of leadership is the transformation of conviction into corporate action” the “right times” are “the times that reinforce the transfer of conviction into the mission of the organization” 187 “Institutions and organizations don’t actually need a president every day But on the days a president is needed it is because only the president can make the difference between success and failure” 194 195 “Followers rarely know what the burden of leadership reuires but then can and do sense whether or not the leader is ready when duty calls confident in plan and purpose and anchored in conviction and passionate about the mission They may not understand everything the leader does with his time but they will be able to tell if the leader stewards it well” 187 For the Christian leader “knowledge of eternity affirms that our lives mean than ire time can contain Our earthly lives must be measured by an impact that is eternal rather than merely temporal” 18614 Much of what is referred to as leadership is actually management Leadership is not less than management but is also much A manager can take his particular skill set and manage any number of things A leader is driven by his beliefs to a particular course of action “Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing” 117 credited to Warren Bennis If you don’t feel strongly about the organization you’re leading uit and get a new job 39 15 It is important for leaders to be passionate Mohler says “Passionate leaders attract and motivate passionate followers Together they build passionate movements” 5416 Use media to get your message across “Never apologize for having a message and for wanting that message to receive the widest possible coverage and exposure That is why you are leading” 158 However if you want to be heard you’ve got to be way than interesting Roger Ailes rated his guest appearances “boring” “okay” “interesting” “memorable” or “book him back” 163 If you want to become interesting focus on becoming a better conversationalist As far as types of media to use be active online; after all “the digital world is the real world” 175 Post on social media and make sure to have a blog 179 However don’t overlook print media either “More people will read your newspaper column than your blog even if they read the newspaper online” 160 When it comes to your website “offer good content and visitors will come back Let it grow old and they will go elsewhere This means a loss for your organization and its mission” 178 If you ever face a reporter be clear concise honest lying inevitably brings disgrace on you the organization and the Lord and bold Be careful not to use Christian jargon17 “The movements that make history are those that breed loyalty and the leaders who want to see that kind of loyalty must first demonstrate it themselves” 153 Your followers must know that you are committed to the organization and not just looking for the next big opportunity Optimally you should make a public commitment to stay 191 “Do your followers see you living with less commitment to the mission that you are asking them to have? Congratulations you just undermined your loyalty” 153 Another way to build loyalty is to celebrate the accomplishments of others “When difficulty comes and it will come loyalty is what we all give to each other and to the cause we serve” 15318 The primary task of leadership is communication Words matter so leaders must be elouent Churchill said that his people were like lions; however “I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar” 126 Leaders must “give the roar” And they must repeat themselves often Ronald Regan had only one speech “When a true leader shows up we already know what he is going to say” 97 Naturally he will zoom in and out and highlight particular aspects of his message at different times However “the entire body of conviction arrives when the leader arrives” 12919 Leadership is narrative 37 “The excellent leader is the steward in chief of the organization’s story and the leader’s chief responsibilities flow from this stewardship Leadership comes down to protecting the story bringing others into the story and keeping the organization accountable to the story The leader tells the story over and over again refining it updating it and driving it home” 38 During WWII Hitler and Churchill were both telling stories “And the future of the human race depended on the right story prevailing” 39 “Leadership that matters grows out of the leader’s own belief that the story is true that it matters and that it must both expand and continue The leader must articulate how he came to be a part of this story how it came to possess him and why he now gives himself to it” 39 For the Christian the most important story is the story of history from the Garden to the Cross to the New Jerusalem The Christian leader must be able to articulate the way in which his organization’s story fits into The Story 40 42 In addition we must “redefine public speaking as storytelling” 12720 Credibility is essential to leadership Credibility is gained through character competence and a history of good decision making “A good leader stands out when character is matched by competence and the central virtue of knowing what to do” 83 Mohler says “Leadership is about a sense of direction and purpose and a competence that puts the room at ease If someone else possesses those fundamental competencies that person is the leader not you If no one in the room possesses those competencies the organization faces imminent disaster” 84 85 However credibility can be earned or regained For instance Winston Churchill regained his credibility prior to WW2 precisely when the rest of the English political establishment lost theirs21 Leaders lead by making decisions 32 Decisions are so important that a bad decision is often better than no decision at all 142 The effective leader develops habits of thinking that allow him to make some decisions “intuitively” without having to agonize over them 34 35 However some decisions reuire much work Great leaders refuse to stop working and make a decision until the facts make sense 144 Some decisions should not even be considered because they contradict conviction 143 When great leaders do make decisions they walk people through the facts and alternatives and show them why a particular choice is the best one Good leaders must make the right decision almost all of the time If they don’t they have failed 60% is not a passing grade when it comes to leadership and decision making 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 There are an innumerable number of books on the subject of leadership Everyone wants to be a leader and everyone is willing to tell you how to do itSo how is this book any different?First off it is written by Albert Mohler who is one of the clearest and most insightful voices in all of Christendom If you aren't currently subscribed to his blog you should be He is also the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is responsible for leading the institution back to its founding principals To make a long story short He is the epitome of the Christian LeaderSo is this book is only for leaders or those who desire to be?No There are nuggets of wisdom there in that will challenge or inspire everyone Besides everyone leads something I was challenged most in the area of being a father the leader of the family While some chapters do deal with those who are business or organizational leaders the majority easily translate to all who aim to be good stewards in their Christian lifeThe point Mohler aims to drive home is that leaders need to lead through their convictions Hence the title Rather than only focusing on material and financial goals he challenges us to first construct our vision as a purpose as opposed to a plan Asking ourselves Why we are here? instead of What are we doing?Once we have established a purpose the next step is to allow our beliefs to lead our actions Often times there are many ways to achieve a desired result but does it matter how we get there? Our beliefs will guide which actions we take As Christians we need to lead by our convictions beliefs and morality Even if plans and situations change the shared convictions of the organization should remain These initial points are carried on and expanded throughout the rest of the book and they really got me thinking As the leader of my family do I have a purpose a vision? Am I leading and processing everything in accordance with my convictions? Have I shared these with my family so that we may be united in purpose? Tough uestions indeed If you find yourself being drawn towards the leadership shelf at your local bookstore make The Conviction to Lead 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters the one you chooseI'd like to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this free copy for review I’m usually not a fan of leadership books but this one has a great central message with many helpful applications in different areas You wouldn’t have to be the leader of a corporation or a pastor to benefit from Mohler’s wise words Maybe three stars is a bit overly critical but I expected something better Mohler states at the outset that he wants to change how the reader thinks about leadership I don't think he accomplished that in me but that is not to say his book isn't useful or wise The main theme is that leaders need to lead according to their convictions Mohler devotes a short chapter usually seven pages to each of 25 leadership principles Each bit of advice was fine but there are two main critiues I would make one the structure of the book was rather haphazard the chapters didn't flow in logical order it was as if each chapter was written in a vacuum and intended to be read that way; and two each principle lacked specific examples and applications If Mohler had ordered the chapters in a compelling way and if each chapter had greater detail the book would have been a lot better I'm not one to read lots of leadership books as it's just not something that I'm drawn to I did find this book helpful in many ways Mohler not only talked about what it looks like to be a leader but also had plenty of application to help you get there I found the chapters on reading writing time and social mediadigital age most helpful Really of a 45 star book The 25 short chapters is an ideal format because it keeps everything concise The insights are strong The practical and visionary aspects are eually balanced and strong I really appreciated this book 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

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