Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Conviction to Lead - Review

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 it.

So 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 Leader.

So 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 more with those who are business or organizational leaders, the majority easily translate to all who aim to be good stewards in their Christian life.

The 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 questions 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 choose.

I'd like to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this free copy for review.

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