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When leaders inspire their teams with a vision, of what is possible, passion meets production...and truly great things happen. As Director of Ministries at Lakewood Church in Houston-the largest and fastest-growing church in America-Craig Johnson oversees thousands of staff members, lay leaders and volunteers. From his unique perspective comes Lead Vertically, the essential handbook for every leader who wants to build teams that won't settle for a shallow view of success. These leaders know that meeting ...
When leaders inspire their teams with a vision, of what is possible, passion meets production...and truly great things happen. As Director of Ministries at Lakewood Church in Houston-the largest and fastest-growing church in America-Craig Johnson oversees thousands of staff members, lay leaders and volunteers. From his unique perspective comes Lead Vertically, the essential handbook for every leader who wants to build teams that won't settle for a shallow view of success. These leaders know that meeting short-term goals is important, but they also recognize that teams grow and grow stronger when they have a big dream to fulfill. They understand that people can live with disappointment, but not without hope.
Are you challenging your team (and yourself) to dream? Are you inspiring those who follow you? Lead Vertically shows you how to motivate your team by consistently and clearly communicating that rife best days are ahead. Learn how to foster personal trust, not just professional confidence;ndash;even when you have to say no-and turn the tide of negativity with tools that are easily adaptable for teams of any size. Plus, find tips and exercises for recruiting, training and strengthening teams.
It all starts with you ... because building up-leading vertically-begins in the heart. In Lead Vertically, you will discover how a change of heart is the starting point for team transformation. You will find chat when you build others, God will build you!
Foreword Joel Osteen 13
1 Building the Vertical Leader 21
2 The Heart of a Child and the Will of a Warrior 33
3 Destiny Seeds 47
4 The Influence of Inspiration 63
5 Dream Makers 81
6 Dream Breakers 95
7 The Goal Is Never More Important than the Person 109
8 Reputations 'R' Us 123
9 The Money Fish 135
10 Become a Student of Human Behavior 151
11 The Right Approach Activates the Best Response 163
12 The Art of Change 175
13 Commitment Levels Are Gauged by Fulfillment Levels 191
14 When a Team Becomes a Family 205
Posted September 24, 2011
I found this book to ring so very true. Thinking back over the years of my employment in sales and marketing, the concepts taught and modeled in this book would have made a huge positive impact on the staff and the achievements of the companies.
I have had the privilege of hearing Craig speak and he is everything the book leads you to believe!
Posted May 19, 2010
Ok, so there are tons of books on leadership. When I saw that Gospel Light and Regal Books were adding to the list of this genre I was quite skeptical. I wasn't even going to read the book until I met the author, Craig Johnson. Warm, personable, humble and real are my new impressions of this man. His life story, replete with triumph and tragedy, are on display in this book. God is proclaimed and glorified as the victor and ministries across the world should be blessed by this style of leadership. You will certainly benefit from reading this book but more importantly from taking your team through this book this year. Its not heavy theology but should make a heavy imprint on your ministry none the less.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from Regal with no expectations to read it let alone review it.
Posted May 3, 2010
In Lead Vertically, Pastor Craig shares with us his thoughts on how to build an awesome leadership team that is not only successful but is fulfilled. Through powerful scripture references, personal experiences, and life stories submitted by his own staff; Pastor Craig show leaders the importance of building a team that is reaching not only the ministries (or companies) goals but also the staff's dreams. Letting them know that the best days are yet to come and that they need to keeping looking up because they never know when God is going to drop something awesome in their lap.
Pastor Craig has so many insightful quotes and statements in this book. Here are just a few a few of my favorite:
" Vertical leaders help others soar where eagles fly, not where the chickens grovel."
"You can't receive the harvest until you accept the seed."
"A vertical leader is inclusive and builds up whoever is willing to follow."
"To lead another life, one must be willing to give up a part of his or her own."
"Leadership is about knowing how you are without being defensive about who you are not."
I encourage you all to go out and get a copy of this book. It's available just about everywhere online and I am sure in the stores as well. Don't just buy one though . buy some for your staff. Sow into them . it will be worth it BIG TIME.