The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

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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 ...

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781445498
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 221,847
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Hans Finzel is a successful author (Empowered Leaders, Change is Like a Slinky), consultant, and expert in the field of leadership. He is also president and CEO of WorldVenture (Littleton, CO), an international leadership development organization with associates in sixty-five countries worldwide. Finzel is a real-life leadership practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in many settings, including ten years training leaders in Vienna and throughout Eastern Europe before the fall of communism. He and his wife, Donna, have four children and make their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1. The Top-down Attitude: The Number-one Leadership Hang-up 21
2. Putting Paperwork before Peoplework: Confessions of an Obsessive-compulsive 37
3. The Absence of Affirmation: What Could Be Better than a Pay Raise? 53
4. No Room for Mavericks?: They Bring Us the Future 65
5. Dictatorship in Decision-making: Getting beyond "I Know All the Answers" 81
6. Dirty Delegation: Refusing to Relax and Let Go 97
7. Communication Chaos: Singing off the Same Page in the Hymnbook 113
8. Missing the Clues of Corporate Culture: The Unseen Killer of Many a Leader 133
9. Success without Successors: Planning Your Departure the Day You Begin 157
10. Failure to Focus on the Future: Prepare Yourself, It's Later than You Think 179
References Cited 197
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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Finzel, Hans, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make (Colorado Springs: CO: David C. Cook 2007) 221.

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2003


    This book should actually be titled 'How To Lead From the Heart'. This book is more about treating people as humans and not objects...about putting others before yourself....about remaining humble in your leadership and not getting caught up in your title of being a Leader. It's about testing your ability to lead from a place of compassion...while still maintaining your place of authority. It's about how to really get your team on board to follow..without forcing, without intimidating, but learning to get them on board because you have learned the skill behind cultivating a style that promotes a desire in others to 'want to follow'. It's about Integrity, Compassion, and Skill. It's like eating humble pie...and enjoying every moment....because in the end, your a better person for it. It's about not being afraid to put others before youself. I recommend this book to all who want to become the best leaders that they possibly can. It can really help anyone who is caught up in that 'Dictator Leadership Style'. For example, the book says: 'Even if you have to correct someone, good supervisors are people who....can step on your toes without messing up your shine.... (or) give people a shot in the arm without letting them feel the needle. I bought this book during a time when I thought I was the worst leader around...making the biggest mistakes ever. This book just gently shows you how to be the best leader you can be 'with spiritual guidance' doesn't cut you down at all. BUY IT!!!!!! IT'S A MUST ON EVERY LEADERS BOOKSHELF!!!!

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