Become the leader people are proud to follow by opening yourself to the influences that develop character: Anduring relationships with friAnds, family, and God.Solidly based on Christian values, this practical, visionary, and hope-filled book guides readers through a step-by-step process for developing both personal character and the network of important relationships that enable character to win out, even in the face of setbacks, adversity, and temptations to take short cuts. Leadership is about character, the authors assert, and character weaves values like integrity, honesty, and selfless service into the fabric of our lives, organizations, and cultures. The Ascent of a Leader is written for ordinary people-mothers, husbands, bosses, secretaries, pastors, teachers, and students-who want to develop extraordinary character, find and follow God's plan for their lives, and lead others where they need to go. We all have innate leadership potential. To maximize it, we must do much more than develop performance-based skills, the authors assert. We must consciously choose who and what we allow to influence us, find and develop our humility, and build Anduring relationships with colleagues, family, friAnds, and God. They offer engaging real-life examples to show how we can grow into our true potential as leaders and inspire us to "make a difference in the 21st century-in our families, our communities, our companies, our government, and even our world."
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About the Author
As co-founder of Trueface in 1995, Bill’s wisdom has been penned throughout The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, and High Trust Cultures.
Bill’s gifts and experience also shine as he helps leaders establish trust in all their key relationships and nurtures grace-based environments. CEO’s of international companies to heads of mission organizations and universities have repeatedly discovered a life-long gratitude for spending time with Bill.
Prior to joining Trueface, Bill founded and pastored the influential faith-community, Open Door Fellowship, for over 20 years. While there he developed an effective character development training program, which nurtured visionaries such as Kit Danley, founder of Neighborhood Ministries.
In his spare time, Bill can be found fishing, golfing, crafting furniture for his family in his woodshop, and cultivating fruits, herbs, and vegetables in his fertile backyard garden. Bill and his wife, Grace have three grown children, Wende married to Jim, Bill married to Charlotte, and Joy married to Joe, and nine grandchildren.
God has used the teaching wisdom, global vision, and business skills of co-founder and President, Dr. Bruce McNicol, to help Trueface offer break-through experiences of grace for many thousands around the world. Leaders in all spheres of influence have found God's lasting resolution for their life issues and key relationships as they have journeyed with Bruce.
With degrees in finance law, theology, leadership and organizational development, Bruce’s gifting to write to diverse readers and leaders has proved true in the best-sellers he has co-authored: The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, The Kingdom Life, and High Trust Cultures. Audiences in various countries continue discovering hope and freedom from Bruce's story-driven, biblically-anchored teaching.
Having lived in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Phoenix, Bruce has gained a variety of interests through the years, including international cultural trends and needs, music, hiking, reading, comedy, and sports. His constant interest is his wife Janet, who is a home-maker, nurse, and mentor. Bruce and Janet have received extensive tutoring from their three wonderful children and spouses, Nicole, married to Kory, with grandchildren Willo and Elliott; Chad married to Erica; and Ryan.
en is a serial entrepreneur, author, designer and photographer. He currently serves as CEO and President of Skuidify (www.skuidify.com) a company he founded to reinvent the user experience of enterprise applications. Previously, he founded Skoodat (www.skoodat.com) to help education leaders create flexible, sustainable, fully integrated IT solutions in the cloud. Earlier in his career, Ken founded Cazabba Inc., a creative and technology services firm, served as an associate professor of design, and led marketing and product management as a vice president for RetailersMarketXchange (RMX), a startup near San Francisco funded by Chevron, Oracle, Phillip Morris and McLane Company. He also spent seven years with MicroAge Inc., where he led marketing for the $1.2 billion systems integration division. Ken's fine art has been displayed in numerous shows. You can some of his work online at kenmcelrath.com. He currently serves on the board of The Art Factory in Kandern, Germany.