Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures

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"I recommend Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership . . . to anyone striving to overcome obstacles in order to become a more effective leader."—John Maxwell, founder, Injoy

The Christian world has been rocked by the number of prominent leaders, in both church and parachurch organizations, who have been compromised by moral, ethical, and theological failures. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership addresses this alarming problem and offers ...

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Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: The Paradox of Personal Dysfunction

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Overview

"I recommend Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership . . . to anyone striving to overcome obstacles in order to become a more effective leader."—John Maxwell, founder, Injoy

The Christian world has been rocked by the number of prominent leaders, in both church and parachurch organizations, who have been compromised by moral, ethical, and theological failures. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership addresses this alarming problem and offers Christian leaders valuable guidance in dealing with the inherent risks of their work.

Using biblical and current examples, the authors describe the characteristics of five types of leaders and the problems they are most likely to have if their particular dysfunctions develop unrestrained. McIntosh and Rima offer a series of steps for leaders to consider so they can take control of their dark side and learn to harness its creative powers. This edition includes a new introduction, updated information throughout, a self-assessment tool, and more.

"Gary and Sam give leaders permission to confront the darkest battles within in order to serve others in life-transforming ways. For all who are bold enough to embark on this courageous journey, redemption, restoration, and renewal will be your rewards."—Dr. Stephen A. Macchia, founder and president, Leadership Transformations, Inc.

"McIntosh and Rima have done a masterful job of helping leaders avoid the pitfalls that have consumed far too many leaders. This is a must-read for any leader who is serious about taking his or her leadership to the next level."—Dr. Albert L. Winseman, global practice leader for faith communities, The Gallup Organization

"Every leader has a 'shadow' side, like the dark side of the moon—areas that are disguised or perhaps explored but unrecognized. I am convinced that our leadership will be stronger and the dangers of collapse lesser if we become aware of these dark areas and bring them into the light early."—Leighton Ford, president, Leighton Ford Ministries

Gary L. McIntosh is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written several books, including Biblical Church Growth and Beyond the First Visit.

Samuel D. Rima is director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Bethel Seminary, where he is also a faculty member in the Center for Transformational Leadership. He is the author of Leading from the Inside Out and Rethinking the Successful Church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801068355
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 344,946
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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Gary L. McIntosh is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written several books, including Biblical Church Growth and Beyond the First Visit.

Samuel D. Rima is director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Bethel Seminary, where he is also a faculty member in the Center for Transformational Leadership. He is the author of Leading from the Inside Out and Rethinking the Successful Church.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

    Great for Leaders

    I read the book Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership written by Samuel D. Rima and Gary L. McIntosh, which was a very interesting. At the beginning of the book, the read is a little slow and sort of uninteresting; but one must keep reading in order to get to the good ¿stuff¿. The book could be classified as non-fiction religion, for the fact that the book involves God. Of course the title is a give away, it is about leadership, but about the importance of how the leader¿s experiences affect his/her leadership. All leaders use their bad experiences to be successful, but some leaders take their success and bad experiences to create an unknown dark side. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership helps leaders realize, understand, and overcome their dark side. This book is not for everyone, this book is only for Christian leaders or future Christian leaders, only for the fact that God is a big part of the book. In order to understand and apply this book, a very high maturity and vocabulary level is needed. This book is meant to help the leaders be a good leader from the inside out instead of just the outside. The book is a little long, it contains 219 pages, but I can guarantee it will not feel that long. Since it is suppose to help the leader grow in leadership, the reader should take the reading slow, in order for the reader to study the message, to be able to apply to oneself. Plus the book contains self assessments to show what type of leader the reader falls in to. Overall this book deserves two thumbs up. The authors really worked hard to put together a great piece of work that help leaders be better.

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