The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler (Bethany House, 2012) is a powerful book. I am posting the chapter titles and summaries in anticipation of a full review later this week. I heartily recommend the book to strengthen your convictions and inspire you to lead.
- The Conviction to Lead
True leadership starts with a purpose, not a plan.
- Leading Is Believing
The leader is driven by beliefs that lead to action.
- Convictional Intelligence
The leader develops the capacity to think in convictional terms and leads followers to do the same.
- Leadership Is Narrative
The leader draws followers into a story that frames all of life.
- Leadership Understands Worldviews
The leader shapes the worldview of followers.
- The Passion to Lead
Passionate leaders driven by passionate beliefs draw passionate followers.
- Leaders Are Thinkers
Leadership begins when you learn to think like a leader, and leadership is not achieved until followers learn to think as well.
- Leaders Are Teachers
The effective leader is the master teacher within a learning organization.
- Leadership Is All About Character
Leaders are trusted when their lives are in alignment with their convictions.
- Leadership and Credibility
Leadership happens when character and competence are combined.
- Leaders Are Communicators
The leader’s most essential skill is the ability to communicate . . . over and over again.
- Leaders Are Readers
When you find a leader, you find a reader, and for good reason.
- The Leader and Power
The faithful leader knows that power is never an end in itself.
- Leaders Are Managers
Not all managers are leaders, but all leaders are managers.
- Leaders Are Speakers
Leaders give voice to conviction and mobilize hearts and minds with a message.
- Leadership as Stewardship
Leaders never lead for themselves; they are stewards in service of another.
- The Leader as Decision Maker
Organizations expect many things from leaders, most of all the trusted ability to decide.
- The Moral Virtues of Leadership
Leadership and morality are inseparable.
- The Leader and the Media
The medium is not the message, you are — and the leader must know how to deliver that message.
- The Leader as Writer
The written word remains one of the most powerful ways to lead, so leaders write.
- The Digital Leader
Leaders understand that the digital world is a real world — a world in which they are called to lead.
- The Leader and Time
Leaders know that time is the great equalizer of humanity.
- Leadership That Endures
The leader’s goal is not only to last but to endure.
- The Leader and Death
Mortality frames the horizon of leadership.
- The Leader’s Legacy
In the end, the leader’s goal is to leave a lasting imprint.