Here is the second of three posts with quotes from Al Mohler’s book The Conviction to Lead. The set of ten can be found here.
“Every leader knows the experience of rejection and opposition. You must prepare for it, expect it, and deal with it when it happens.”
“The leader learns to invest deeply in reading as a discipline for critical thinking.”
“There is no escaping power, and there is no way to lead without it.”
“The stewardship of power is one of the greatest moral challenges any leader will ever face.”
“Common goals are the product of intensive communication, enduring influence, and constant affirmation.”
“Our leadership is set within the context of eternity.”
“Indecisiveness is one of history’s greatest leadership killers.”
“The leader learns fast, remembers honestly, and moves on.”
“The leader is the one individual within the organization that is never, ever totally disconnected from those he leads—and the leader who complains about that is not qualified to lead.”
“Tenacity of purpose is what defines great leadership, and the greater the purpose, the greater the tenacity required.”
The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The best book on leadership I have ever read. 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 frequently 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!
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