The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler

Mohler Conviction to Lead CoverThe 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.

  1. The Conviction to Lead
    True leadership starts with a purpose, not a plan.
  2. Leading Is Believing
    The leader is driven by beliefs that lead to action.
  3. Convictional Intelligence
    The leader develops the capacity to think in convictional terms and leads followers to do the same.
  4. Leadership Is Narrative
    The leader draws followers into a story that frames all of life.
  5. Leadership Understands Worldviews
    The leader shapes the worldview of followers.
  6. The Passion to Lead
    Passionate leaders driven by passionate beliefs draw passionate followers.
  7. 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.
  8. Leaders Are Teachers
    The effective leader is the master teacher within a learning organization.
  9. Leadership Is All About Character
    Leaders are trusted when their lives are in alignment with their convictions.
  10. Leadership and Credibility
    Leadership happens when character and competence are combined.
  11. Leaders Are Communicators
    The leader’s most essential skill is the ability to communicate . . . over and over again.
  12. Leaders Are Readers
    When you find a leader, you find a reader, and for good reason.
  13. The Leader and Power
    The faithful leader knows that power is never an end in itself.
  14. Leaders Are Managers
    Not all managers are leaders, but all leaders are managers.
  15. Leaders Are Speakers
    Leaders give voice to conviction and mobilize hearts and minds with a message.
  16. Leadership as Stewardship
    Leaders never lead for themselves; they are stewards in service of another.
  17. The Leader as Decision Maker
    Organizations expect many things from leaders, most of all the trusted ability to decide.
  18. The Moral Virtues of Leadership
    Leadership and morality are inseparable.
  19. The Leader and the Media
    The medium is not the message, you are — and the leader must know how to deliver that message.
  20. The Leader as Writer
    The written word remains one of the most powerful ways to lead, so leaders write.
  21. The Digital Leader
    Leaders understand that the digital world is a real world — a world in which they are called to lead.
  22. The Leader and Time
    Leaders know that time is the great equalizer of humanity.
  23. Leadership That Endures
    The leader’s goal is not only to last but to endure.
  24. The Leader and Death
    Mortality frames the horizon of leadership.
  25. The Leader’s Legacy
    In the end, the leader’s goal is to leave a lasting imprint.


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