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The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make / Edition 1
     

The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make / Edition 1

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by Hans Finzel
 

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ISBN-10: 0781445493

ISBN-13: 9780781445498

Pub. Date: 10/01/2007

Publisher: David C Cook

Although leadership is the hot topic on conference agendas and book tours, most people who find themselves in positions of leadership have little or no training for the role. They simply continue to make the same old mistakes.

With additional and newly updated material, this leadership classic reveals the most common errors that leaders consistently

Overview

Although leadership is the hot topic on conference agendas and book tours, most people who find themselves in positions of leadership have little or no training for the role. They simply continue to make the same old mistakes.

With additional and newly updated material, this leadership classic reveals the most common errors that leaders consistently make-regardless of training or age-and the way to stop these bad habits from undermining their positive talents and accomplishments.

Whether you are leading a company, a ministry, a Girl Scout troop, or your family, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make is a must-read for anyone who wants to lead others effectively.

"If you're like me, you've grown weary of the published cookie-cutter approaches on how to lead effectively. And so has Hans Finzel. He drills to the core of the current issues on effective leadership."
-Charles R. Swindoll, author and president of Dallas Theological Seminary

"This is one of the most practical books on leadership I have in my own library. If you are serious about becoming a better leader, you will want to read this book."
-John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and founder of the INJOY Group

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780781445498
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Edition description:
New
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
252,025
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
1. The Top-Down Attitude The Number One Leadership Hang-up,
2. Putting Paperwork Before Peoplework Confessions of a Type A Personality,
3. The Absence of Affirmation What Could Be Better Than a Pay Raise?,
4. No Room for Mavericks They Bring Us the Future!,
5. Dictatorship in Decision Making Getting beyond "I Know All the Answers",
6. Dirty Delegation Refusing to Relax and Let Go,
7. Communication Chaos Singing from the Same Page in the Hymnal,
8. Missing the clues of Corporate culture The Unseen Killer of Many Leaders,
9. Success without Successors Planning Your Departure the Day You Start,
10. Failure to Focus on the Future Prepare Yourself—It's Later Than You Think,
Afterword,
References,
About the Author,
Extras,

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Hans W. Finzel is the executive director of World Venture since 1993. World Venture is a global missionary corporation with projects around the world. They also help churches with their missions' objectives, church planting and training mission and church leaders. Finzel has authored two other books and a noted expert in leadership. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the Fuller School of Missions. He and his wife have four children. The book is currently in its second addition purposed to help those called to lead. According to Finzel, a study of history shows the dangers associated with leadership. Today we are still making mistakes that mar the generations that follow our leaders. Finzel begins by describing five problems in learning leadership due to the lack of training and poor preparation. First, leaders replicate poor leadership habits seen in others. Second, leaders lack the skills that are basic for the requirements of common leadership demands. Third, there is a lack of adequate models and mentors in leadership. Fourth, our leaders lack formal training. And five, Christians are confused over conflicts between secular and biblical leadership values. Accordingly, Finzel suggests that the best leaders have learned through trial and error. He professes that the number one "leadership sin" is the top-down disposition. This attitude prescribes a belief that leaders prevail served rather than serving. Alternatives to the leader approach suggested are participatory, facilitator, democratic, flat organization and servant-leader. However, the attitude is traditional, commonly used, easier or effortless and it is an innate description of human nature. The alternative is the servant-leader who cares more for others than themselves enriching everyone (33). These leaders are non-abusive, non-deploring, listeners, non-dictatorial, or egocentric. Secondly, Finzel suggest putting paperwork before 'peoplework' is out of hand. Most leaders that are 'type A personality,' task-oriented or workaholic must realize that the greater impact with people is spiritual which can only be achieved through one-on-one contact. Finzel defines leadership as influencing. He suggests influencing transformation through direct contact. Leaders are poor listeners because they are driven by impatience, time consciousness, insecurity and competition. The third mistake of leaders is the absence of affirmation because people thrive on praise. Christians are worst than secular arena's believing that the rewards come from God and one may prove to be egotistic. He notes that because people are different they require different levels of affirmation to show that they are cared. It is a huge leadership mistake to neglect this emotional support that results in high turnover rates as people seek more empowering positions (70). The fourth mistake in leadership is elimination of 'mavericks.' These individuals are gifted, creative, zealous and energetic by vision and are 'go-getters.' Mavericks run into barriers that refuse to conform to change. Mavericks are enemies to institutionalization. "History is filled with many examples of innovators who were greatly misunderstood-but went on to create positive beneficial revolutions that changed the world (87)." Another mistake is dictatorship decision making that take the fun out of life and break the human spirit that longs to soar with achievement (90). Finzel identifies dictators as having an "apostolic" view