Leading from the Lions' Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible

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While most new leadership books proudly promote themselves as the antidote to previous thinking, Leading from the Lions' Den takes pride in drawing its wisdom from ideas that have been available for a very long time in the unchanging Word of God. Here, author Tom R. Harper expounds upon one surprising principle from each of the Bible's sixty-six books. Each concept goes toward explaining human nature, which, when understood, is the foundation of business success.

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Overview

While most new leadership books proudly promote themselves as the antidote to previous thinking, Leading from the Lions' Den takes pride in drawing its wisdom from ideas that have been available for a very long time in the unchanging Word of God. Here, author Tom R. Harper expounds upon one surprising principle from each of the Bible's sixty-six books. Each concept goes toward explaining human nature, which, when understood, is the foundation of business success.

Among the lessons that will work for leaders regardless of culture, time, or place are: "Lead, Inspire and Motivate with Plain Facts" (Deuteronomy), "Defrag Your Organization by Discovering its Weak Forces" (1 Chronicles), "Fight Superior Force with Superior Character" (Nahum), "Purify Your PR by Avoiding the Spotlight" (Mark), "Help the Competition" (Romans), "Soak Your Shield Before Battle" (Ephesians), and "Obliterate Fear with a Single Weapon" (1 John).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805444421
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 689,581
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom R. Harper is president of the online church leadership community Church Central as well as NetWorld Alliance, a leading business-to-business media communications company. He lives with his wife and children in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Lionhearted Leaders 1

1 Spark Creativity One Brain at a Time-Genesis 5

2 Rebuild Your Dreams on Their Own Ruins-Exodus 8

3 Go Easy on Your Employees-Leviticus 11

4 Instill Military-style Spiritual Strength-Numbers 14

5 Lead through Stories-Deuteronomy 17

6 Exit with a Slow Fizzle-Joshua 20

7 Build the Reputations of Your Critics-Judges 23

8 Mix Friendship with Business-Ruth 26

9 Recruit Incomplete People-1 Samuel 29

10 Don't Stand on the Front Porch-2 Samuel 32

11 Don't Follow King Solomon's Example of Endurance-1 Kings 35

12 Build an Army of Prophets-2 Kings 38

13 Defrag Your Company by Discovering Its Weak Forces-1 Chronicles 41

14 Align Your Off-site Meetings in Three Ways-2 Chronicles 44

15 Construct a Temple First, Build Culture Second-Ezra 47

16 Then, Raise a Wall-Nehemiah 50

17 Expect 50 Answers When You Ask Why-Esther 53

18 Admit Helplessness-Job 56

19 Move the Mind and Soothe the Spirit with Music-Psalms 59

20 Don't Argue-Ever!-Proverbs 62

21 Fight the Futility of Success-Ecclesiastes 65

22 Learn the Secret of Loving Your Work-Song of Songs 68

23 Lead with an Iron Fist of Faith-Isaiah 71

24 Counteract Burnout by Returning to Job #1-Jeremiah 74

25 Carry Out Your Threats-Lamentations 77

26 Be a Drama King (or Queen)-Ezekiel 80

27 Walk Confidently into Your Lions' Den-Daniel 83

28 Motivate Your People Less-Hosea 86

29 Redeem Your Career from the Locusts-Joel 89

30 Lead like an Impartial Sleeper-Amos 92

31 Submit to the Law of Enduring Negativity-Obadiah 95

32 Underrate Your Plan-Jonah 98

33 Lead like a Humble Dictator-Micah 101

34 Fight Superior Force with Superior Character-Nahum 104

35 Look to the One Day-Habakkuk 107

36 Don't Listen to Your Customers-Zephaniah 110

37 Turn Around Your Organization before You're Forced To-Haggai 113

38 When the Mission Seems Impossible, Focus on a Higher One-Zechariah 116

39 Don't Focus so Hard on Expressed Needs-Malachi 119

40 Intrude on Your Employees' Personal Lives-Matthew 122

41 Purify Your PR by Avoiding the Spotlight-Mark 125

42 Discover Someone's True Character with Two Tests-Luke 128

43 Raise Your Leadership Profile with Three Tactics-John 131

44 Build Energy Before Growth-Acts 134

45 Help the Competition-Romans 137

46 Make Big Decisions Using Strategic Foolishness-1 Corinthians 140

47 When Problems Multiply, Steal and Pluck-2 Corinthians 143

48 If You Want to Give Back, Don't Settle for Charity-Galatians 146

49 Soak Your Shield Before Battle-Ephesians 149

50 Create Rainmakers by Seeding the Clouds-Philippians 152

51 Don't Fall for Mistaken Passion or into Muddy Rivers-Colossians 155

52 Close the Drain-1 Thessalonians 158

53 Lead like a Pauline Hybrid-2 Thessalonians 161

54 Throw New Leaders into the Lair-1 Timothy 164

55 Adopt the Farmer's Future View-2 Timothy 167

56 Combine Appreciative Inquiry with Parliamentary Debate-Titus 170

57 Mediate Conflict by Playing Ping-pong-Philemon 173

58 Clothe Your Thoughts before They Escape as Naked Renegades-Hebrews 176

59 Burn Your Thoughts Before They Hit Your Tongue-James 179

60 Hire Some Rowans-1 Peter 182

61 Reduce Your Regrets-2 Peter 185

62 Obliterate Fear with a Single Weapon-1 John 188

63 Sacrifice, Apologize, and Don't Seek Personal Happiness-2 John 191

64 Zap Power Mongers-3 John 194

65 Bestow Four Kinds of Mercy-Jude 197

66 Work in Philadelphia-Revelation 200

Final Word: The Divine Leadership Model 204

Appendix: Leadership Principles Checklist 207

Notes 221

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