Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership

by Bill Hybels


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ISBN-13: 9780310291572
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 12/09/2008
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.

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The Stakes of Leadership TEN DAYS AFTER THE ATTACKS ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER Towers, I stood in the rubble at Ground Zero, overwhelmed by the aftermath of one of the most horrific events in history. On that world-changing morning of September 11, 2001, Manhattan, New York, became a war zone. The terrorists took no prisoners, held no hostages. Death was the only option they offered, so three thousand ordinary people died that day, most without an opportunity for a final embrace or even a last good-bye.
The New York City officials who invited me to tour Ground Zero led me past the check points and into 'The Pit,' the area immediately surrounding the fallen towers. In the grim shadows of the huge cranes that slowly shifted scraps of twisted metal, rescue workers dug through the rubble, and bucket brigades passed pails of debris from hand to hand. The workers moved silently, listening, I knew, for the sounds—any sounds—of survivors.
Those ninety minutes will stay with me for the rest of my life. Words cannot convey, nor television screens capture, the enormity of the devastation I saw for that hour and a half. For the first thirty minutes the only two words I could utter were, 'No way!' And I said them over and over again.
In my imagination I had envisioned the two slender towers sinking into a pile of debris that would fit easily within the confines of a large football stadium. My mental picture was big—and tragic—enough, but reality was a hundred times more tragic. A square mile of ruin. Numerous city blocks obliterated. One of the smaller buildings that came down was over forty stories high. Several larger buildings, still standing when I was there, were buckling and would have to be demolished. Some looked like the Oklahoma Federal Building with its front blown off. Others, blocks away, had windows shattered. The sheer enormity of what happened that day took my breath away.
I said 'No way!' again when I saw the dedication of the rescue workers, many of whom were still digging after ten days, with bloodied hands and blistered feet, because their firefighting bud-dies were buried under the piles of twisted steel. How can I describe what it was like to be with them, to look into their eyes and see the profound coupling of utter exhaustion and unyielding determination?
There were hundreds and hundreds of them. I found myself torn between wanting to grab hold of them and say, 'Please stop. You've got to rest. You've got to go home,' and at the same time wanting to pat them on the back and say, 'Don't give up! If I were under that pile of destruction I'd want someone like you digging for me.'
I've never been in war, so I've never seen men and women like that. I've never seen people who were nearly dead on their feet walk back into the carnage because they couldn't do otherwise. I'll never forget it. People like that ennoble the human spirit. They remind us that we can still be heroic.
Later in the day, I was driven by cab to a designated place several blocks away from the rescue effort, where family and friends were posting pictures of loved ones on a crudely constructed bulletin board that ran for hundreds of feet along the sidewalk. As I looked at the photographs crammed from top to bottom, side to side, again I said, 'No way!' No way should men, women, and children have to live with this kind of loss and grief.
Back and forth walked the people left behind. For twenty-four hours everyday they wandered like zombies along the city streets, hoping against hope that someone could tell them something about their father, their daughter, their friend. There was no way they could move on with their lives. They couldn't eat or sleep. They couldn't go home without some information, some piece of news, some degree of closure.
I could understand their tenacity. What else could they do? If my family—Lynne or Shauna or Todd—or my friends were among those missing beneath the rubble, I would do the same. I'd plaster their pictures all over that wall; I'd grab people by the collar if I thought they could offer me one little shred of information or hope.
As I hailed a cab to take me back to my hotel, I felt like screaming my next 'No way!' in an attempt to block out the bitterest truth of all, that all this suffering, this holocaust, was caused not by a natural calamity or even some freak accident, but by the deliberate schemes of fellow human beings. No earthquake, no shift in geological plates caused this wreckage. No flood, tornado, or hurricane did this. The death and destruction surrounding me were the direct result of the careful plans of people so caught up in radical political beliefs and so filled with hatred that as they watched the television coverage of Ground Zero they high-fived each other and jumped for joy.
'No way!' I cried again. There's no way evil can run this deep. But it did. No matter how incomprehensible was the scene surrounding me, the enormity of evil behind it could not be denied. But strangely, while the ashes smoldered around me and grief overwhelmed me, even then, a profound hope rose in my heart. Slicing through the anguished 'no ways' reverberating in my mind were the words I had repeated ten thousand times before, but now they cut with the flash of urgency. The local church is the hope of the world. The local church is the hope of the world. I could see it so clearly.
I do not intend to minimize the contribution of the many fine organizations performing wonderful, loving, charitable acts in the middle of the misery of Ground Zero. The Red Cross was handing out work gloves and breathing masks, fresh socks and clean boots. Restaurants were setting up barbecue grills on sidewalks and cooking free food for rescue workers. Soft drink manufacturers donated beverages. Humanitarian groups and corporations set up trust funds with hundreds of millions of dollars for the families of victims. Money poured in. For all these actions Americans should be proud. And I certainly am.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments . 9
Introduction . . . . 11
O N E:The Stakes of Leadership . . . 13
T WO:A Leader's Most Potent Weapon 29
The Power of Vision T H R E E:Getting-It-Done Leadership . . 51
Turning Vision into Action F O U R:Building a Kingdom Dream Team . . . . 73
Communities Close to a Leader's Heart F I V E:The Resource Challenge . . . . 93
The Test of a Leader's Mettle S I X:Developing Emerging Leaders . 121
When Leaders Are at Their Best SEV E N:Discovering and Developing Your Own Leadership Style . . . 139
The Key to High-Impact Leading E I G HT:A Leader's Sixth Sense 161
The Sources of Decision Making N I N E:The Art of Self-leadership . . . 181
The 360-Degree Leader T E N:A Leader's Prayer . . 199
'God, Mold and Shape Me to My Full Leadership Potential'
ELEVE N:The Leader's Pathway 215
A Vital Walk with God TWELV E:Developing an Enduring Spirit . 231
Staying the Course

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Courageous Leadership 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The local church is the hope of the world¿ That is the mantra of this book and by the time I was done reading it, I KNEW it was true. Bill Hybels writes with such passion, and helped me see that if we aren't giving our all to see our friends and family come to know Jesus, and get actively plugged in to a local, bible believing church, then we aren't really fulfilling the great commision. The only caution that I have with this book is that reading it will likely cause you to actually DO something with your faith¿ so don't start it if you are happy sitting on the sidelines.
rickcogbill on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
One of the best books on leadership that I've ever read...and re-read. Leadership is not for the faint of heart.
OneWithGrace on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
Challenging Christian leaders to be bold and follow a Jesus- like approach to leadership
cbradley on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
While reading Courageous Leadership it became clear that Bill Hybels sought to run the church like a God-oriented business. While this maximized the efficiency of his ministry, it seems to have lost what makes the church a unique entity in the world while creating a large but distanced group of worshippers. Many of Hybels strategies for leadership are good on their own, it is simply when they are taken to the degree Hybels has taken them that they begin to look like a corporatization of the church rather than a way of building up the community of God.
allenkeith on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
This is a Christ centered book. Its thesis is that the local Christian church is the chief means on earth for transforming the world into a better one where peace and goodwill can abound among humankind. While leadership may not be the most important component in the local church, it is one component that is absolutely critical to the church's successful mission- - that of bringing about a better world through the positive transformation of human kind, one person at a time. Leadership enables the church, through Jesus Christ to positively impact not only the here and now for humankind but also for souls' heavenward journey to be with God eternally and receive His blessings. The book is credible. It is based not only on the author's knowledge gained from public and private education. It is also, and primarily, based on what the author applied in his leadership role in a large expansive church. The book is authentic in revealing that some approaches failed, but many more succeeded.
bsanner on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Recognizing the diverse callings of leadership, Hybels outlines a variety of leadership styles and developmental approaches. Despite this heterogeneity, Hybels understands that, whatever one¿s calling, a leader is only as good as his or her vision. A leader must project a vision of hope and progress to all the activities of leadership, whether raising resources, constructing a team, or developing future leaders. Courageous Leadership offers a hopeful and experienced perspective on the task, character, and spirit of leadership. A-
tgee on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I didn't like this book. I found it worldly, man-centered and almost utterly devoid of biblical foundation. Hybels draws more leadership inspiration from Jack Welch (CEO of GE) then from Jesus Christ (Chief Shepherd and Lord of lords).
ScottBridwell on LibraryThing 3 months ago
as for a leadership's great. Read it...probably won't read it again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most 'Kingdom-View Shaking' leadership book I have ever read. I listened to the tapes - 3 times, read the book - 5 times, and am now reading it again. It really threw my perspective into allignment. If you're not serious about doing church the right way - don't read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for words on leadership and received insight into different aspects of it that apply to both church and everyday settings. Hybels does a good job at keeping balance between substance and example! It gives insight to the challenges of church workings and acquaints the leader with possible pitfalls to watch against. It is a good read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a church growth book. It is a Pastor, Elder, Deacon, and Lay leader growth book. This book explains in great detail on how to grow an "Acts 2" person, church, family, or even a business for that matter. Even though its focused mainly on the leaders of a church, the principles and values can cross over to leaders in the secular world. Hybels 3 C¿s for hiring any employee is priceless and is a must for any church or business that wants to grow. I bought the CD¿s an have listened to them twice. I have given them to a coworker and he has really enjoyed them also. He is also a Elder in his church. We both agree that if the church is the hope of the world then we better start educating our church leaders. I believe that this book is the first book you need to read if you want sustainable growth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not only the most important book he has ever written but is is a book no leader of the church needs pass up. He includes many great ideas to take your ministry to the next level.